BEST USE OF A DEAD TREE

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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.

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