Pick Me Up! Special - - Real Life - De­nis Car­bonaro, 48, Daigety Bay, Fife

In April last year, I trimmed a Cy­press tree in my back gar­den. But two days on, I’d got a call from Fife Coun­cil. Some­one had com­plained about the fo­liage on my back lawn. You see, I’m a sculp­tor, so I like to cre­ate new things. I didn’t see a pile of wood, I saw po­ten­tial! The dan­gly leaves and branches could suit a fluffy crea­ture. Then it hit me… A woolly mam­moth! I im­me­di­ately set to work. I built a framework for its body then lay­ered up the branches to act as his shaggy fur. Be­ing in the front gar­den meant passersby stopped to ask what I was do­ing. ‘I wish I had a neigh­bour like you!’ a kind lady com­mented one day. Five days on, I’d com­pleted 8ft ‘Woody’ with branches left over.

Al­though I’d done it for fun, it be­came quite an at­trac­tion for the com­mu­nity.

Fam­i­lies drove by and stopped to show their chil­dren and take pho­tos.

See­ing how pop­u­lar Woody was, my mind be­gan to whirr.

I de­cided to use more of the thick long branches to cre­ate a spi­der that would run across my roof!

Nick­named ‘Spi­der’, his body moved as I at­tached a stick to push him up and down from be­low.

‘It looks like he’s scut­tling!’ my part­ner grinned. Lo­cals seem to love him. It’s been won­der­ful, so I’m plan­ning another project.

This time, it will be a very spe­cial bird’s nest, com­plete with a swoop­ing ea­gle in the back. I love cre­at­ing art that makes peo­ple stop and think, and hope­fully smile…

Peo­ple love ‘Woody’ Next project

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