The Pelican Tree

From a block away the Pelican Tree is just a skeleton of an aging tree.  But as you approach something wonderful happens.  As if emerging from a dream shapes appear, shore birds resting on the tree limbs.  And pop, the birds are roosting permanently.

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In 1995 this was a healthy liveoak tree when hurricane Opal stripped the tree and and destroyed many dilapidated buildings on the St Andrews waterfront.  The townspeople were determined to rebuild the area.  They bean by clearing the rubble, when they came to the tree they decided to hire a local chain saw artist.  Today the Pelican Tree stands as a symbol of the town’s determination to live on.


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4 Responses to The Pelican Tree

  1. karen wittgraf says:

    This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen, Al. It’s like nature, once again, rallied and made use of human art. Beautiful sight. Thanks.

  2. David L says:

    Worth passing your lens over and displaying for us. Reminds me a little of Lake Tahoe where bears, the product of chain saws and artistry, abound. Does the tree attract other pelicans and are they disappointed with their arrival. Another questions pervades my wonder, are the little wooden droppings under the tree. Probably not, this is Florida.

  3. Colleen Rae says:

    Wonderful sculpture…Thanks for finding it, Al. I wondered too if real pelicans land or camp out on the tree?

  4. Dave Bauer says:

    Nice way to preserve a tree that must have been a landmark for generations of locals. Imaginative use of underlying structure of tree to shape the pelicans — something like Michelangelo chipping stone away to reveal David existing within it. Fascinating!


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