You only have a brief opportunity to view the amazing chainsaw sculpture of a Great Blue Heron now residing in the lobby of Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).
Artist Vince Liuzzo started the carving during the Monarch Butterfly Festival in August with the intention that it would be used as a fundraiser for Audubon.
The Great Blue Heron has long been associated with ACNC, making it an easy choice for the sculpture that was completed earlier this month. It will be on display in the Nature Center lobby until Saturday, November 4 – Birds of Prey Day – when a drawing will determine its new owner.
After cofounding, with Justin Miller, Tactical Tree Solutions for tree service and removal, Liuzzo began converting ugly tree stumps into intricate carvings. Several of his works are on display in the Sherwood Arts Complex that the pair opened last spring. This private events venue for artists, musicians, business owners, and community members is in the former Dahlstrom Manufacturing building on Buffalo Street in Jamestown.
As it says on Sherwood Arts website, sherwoodartsjamestown.com, “Chainsaw carving combines the modern technology of the chainsaw and the ancient art of woodcarving. All of our one-of-a-kind pieces are carved with a chainsaw. Chainsaws are powerful carving utensils, and mastering the art of chainsaw carving takes time and practice. We use various techniques to create all types of sculptures.”
Tickets for the drawing can be purchased at the Nature Center’s reception desk. As Audubon notes, “This unique sculpture will add a natural element to your home or landscape.”
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.