Oh boy! Curious chainsaw sculpture hidden in Midland church garden


WHAT’S going on here then? A child on tiptoe peers through a gap in the tree he’s just climbed, consumed by curiosity. He just has to see what’s on the other side.

It’s the latest sculpture by gifted chainsaw artist Simon O’Rourke, who I’ve featured here before, and who is based in Wrexham, North Wales. Titled ‘Childhood Curiosity’, it’s wonderful.

Now, the bad news is that it’s been created in a private garden near the Herefordshire town of Ledbury – but the good news is that the garden opens to the public on selected dates each year.

It can be found at The Old Vicarage in Wellington Heath, which participates in the National Garden Scheme, making otherwise private sites accessible to the likes of you and me.

The two-and-a-half acre garden is set in a valley with formal lawns leading to a wooded area and, of course, it’s next to the village church. A small fee is charged to boost charitable causes.

Tickets can be booked on the NGS website. There are currently no dates planned for The Old Vicarage, but keep checking as 2023 openings are announced and added to the list.

Simon produces fine pieces of artwork using standing stumps or waste timber, using a variety of tools ranging from chainsaw to chisel. His commissions include all manner of subjects.

From fantasy figures to superheroes, and from wild animals and birds to high-flying abstract forms, his work can be be found around the UK.

“I love the fact that such a potentially destructive tool can be used to create beauty,” he says of his chainsaw work.

You can see a wide range of Simon’s artwork at his website treecarving.co.uk and follow @simonorourke on Instagram. 

Read more: The real-life giant hidden in the Welsh woods

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