BEST USE OF A DEAD TREE
CARVING OF THREE FATES ON STUMP Kew Gardens Park, Queen East and Lee Sculptor Shane Clodd, whose works include a sculpture garden carved from recycled hydro poles in Pickering, got the idea to carve the three Fates of Greek mythology – Clotho (past), Lachesis (present) and Atropos (future) – in Kew Gardens Park after the city was forced to fell 25 oaks for safety reasons. Clodd thought the oaks should be transformed into works of art “to compensate for the loss of these great trees and to enrich
the experience of attending Kew Gardens.” Parks and rec was slow to agree but eventually provided light and electricity so he could complete the work. The result is a detailed masterpiece incorporating mythological signs, symbols and figures into the faces of the Fates. Clodd has proposed other sculptures, including two 3metre totems containing mythological figures “to act as a reminder of [our] commitment to bettering [ourselves] physically, mentally and spiritually.” We love it that these trees offer beauty and tell stories long after they’ve fallen in this forest.