Log Dog

I walk my dog in Mort Bay Park, a leafy park by the Harbour in Balmain and one full of various dogs and their owners. A month or so ago I noticed that one of the trees in the park had been cut down, leaving a stump about a meter high. Not the Council, I thought: they would have cut it level with the ground to prevent accidents at dusk. Some local vandal must have done it. Not so: it seems a creative artist may well have done it. As soon as the wood was more or less dry, it was cut and shaped into the likeness of a dog. Well done!

PS: The Reply is well worth reading: click the link below. JT

Art Brut: Sculpted dog, Mort Bay, Balmain, Sydney. Photo by John Tranter, 2013.
Art Brut: Sculpted dog, Mort Bay, Balmain, Sydney. Photo by John Tranter, 2013.

One Reply to “Log Dog”

  1. Hi John,
    Thanx for the photo. Just a bit of history which may be of interest. Some months after the tree was cut down( Probably by council. The stump would have been left because the wood is so incredibly hard, a stump grinder would be useless) a friend of mine, Keith, started sculpting the stump using a very basic saw to define the general shape of a dog’s head. I had some chisels and files so offered to smooth the rough edges and define the shape more clearly. The result? RED DOG. Yes, he is effectionately known locally as RED DOG and has become somewhat of a meeting place for the locals with their dogs. He has since had a coat of preserving oil to bring out his colour and, unfortunately, the collar and tag I put on him was stolen. Anyway, like the Pheonix rising from the ashes, this is RED DOG rising from a dead log . Cheers

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