There’s been an awful lot of tree hugging going on around our neighborhood lately. First, it started with the city having to cut down so many big, old trees sadly due to disease. Little by little there are new trees planted to replace them. But, in my park Portage Park, a few huge trees were not cut down to the ground but tall tree stumps remained.
Next thing you know, the remaining tree stumps are becoming works of art. The excitement increased recently when there were Facebook posts about a tree carving happening in our dog park, known as Portage Park Dog Friendly Area. Signs were also posted on the fence about closing the park during the tree carving.
We finally took a peak at it through the fence a few days ago before it was finished. Then a day or so later the Lady heard that it was done so wee got there bright and early Sunday morning before any other dogs were there to get a good look and take pictures.
Plenty of pretty detail close up.
A view of the top where a dog looks out over the park.
Another pretty flower near the base of the tree.
A dog climbing up the tree.
The best part is the dog’s legs carved out making it three dimensional.
Pretty mean putting a dog bone at the top don’t you think?
There’s always something new to find on the tree. We loved the pretend graffiti carvings and I’m pretty sure the bottom dog is a Dachshund, right?
Check out the artist’s Instagram account @jrcadawas to see the carving in action. It’s pretty amazing that a man holding a chain saw over his head could create something as beautiful as this. It will be enjoyed by the dogs and residents of Portage Park for years to come.