Louisville knows how to deal with tragedy. The Windstorm 2008 might have been just the overture for the wreckage of Ice Storm 2009, but local artists have been busy transforming downed trees into works of art in classic Keep Louisville Weird fashion. We spotted our first stump sculpture in the Highlands last year and recently came across another on the corner of Sixth Street and Zane Street in the Limerick neighborhood.
We were tipped off by a recent Old Louisville Journal that tells the story of artist Eugene Thomas and his sculpture entitled Reincarnation:
First Eugene reduced the stump height to approximately 6 feet (human scale). Then he removed the bark and began his sculpture with his chain saw. Then he used wood chisels and rasps to introduce details. Depressions were filled with wood filler and he is has now completed three coats of the 10 anticipated coats of sealer.
The sculpture can be viewed from all vantage points (having no front or back). It is of human scale and symbolically depicts transition from destruction to forward movement of progress and organization.
- Windstorm Left Giant Lizards In Its Wake (Broken Sidewalk)