Usually the Southborough Department of Public Works deals with tree stumps by sending them through the chipper, but for one tree stump, they have something different in mind, something a bit more artistic.
DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan is leading the effort to convert a tree stump into a chainsaw sculpture that would be placed near the gazebo on the lawn of the Southborough Public Safety complex on Main Street. The sculpture would be something representative of the town, and Galligan wants your help coming up with ideas.
“We need ideas that make you think of Southborough,” Galligan wrote in an email. “Whether Southborough conjures up images of a historic figure like General Henry Knox, a whimsical figure like a dancing belted Galloway or a piece of nature like a blue heron, we want your ideas.”
The chainsaw sculpture would be carved by local artist Jesse Green, who has created similar sculptures for the town of Medway, a church in Millville, and more. Green calls his sculptures ‘eco-art’. You can see samples of his work on his website (www.themachinejessegreen.com).
Ideas for the sculpture can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can leave a comment on this post. The concept has to be a singular figure or item, and it needs to fit on a tree stump, so think more vertical than horizontal. Unlike some of Green’s other work, Southborough’s sculpture will not be painted. The deadline for submissions is July 9.
You’ll get to vote on your favorite submission later in July. More detail on voting when it’s available.
Image credit: A pelican carved by chainsaw artist Jesse Green (www.themachinejessegreen.com)