This popular Dublin landmark came about when Dublin City Council commissioned sculptor Tommy Craggs to work on a dying Monterey Cypress – thought to be about 200 years old.
UK born Craggs worked in forestry before moving into sculpture and has won numerous competitions and awards.
He created the 10 metre piece of art with a chainsaw and was inspired by local wildlife. The ‘Tree of Life’ starts with detailed carvings of sea creatures at the base, then woodland animals and finishes with birdlife at the top.
Sculpture Saturday is hosted by Ruined for Life
23 thoughts on “Sculpture Saturday”
Wow these are so special
Its great isn’t it. So much detail – with a chainsaw!
OMG! That is so clever. The talent of some people is simply gobsmacking! Thanks, Mel
It takes some skill to produce a piece of this scale doesn’t it.. XXXMarie
This has to be one of the most stunning sculptures that I have ever seen. For years, we used to live in Swords and St. Annes Park with its lovely farmers market was occasionally our little weekend gateway. Always gawked at the sculpture when passing by. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva
Actually went to that market for the first time yesterday! I don’t really know the park – its huge!
The park is huge and it makes for a fun place to explore. It’s beautiful at any time of the year, but especially when the fall arrives. Years ago I used to work as a volunteer for the Irish Blue Cross, and we organised many charity events in the park for the dog owners. Have a lovely evening 😘
It looks great at the moment with the sunny weather… XXX
That is amazing. How wonderful to have something like this as public furniture.
Its a great attraction. Its lovely to see kids picking out all the different elements. XXXMarie
Fantastic! I’ve looked at this so many times but never realised there was so much in it. Will pay better next time😊
You miss a lot of it from the car…. you can park along side it. Well worth a close look. XXXMarie! (Actually you could probably cycle!)
What an impressive piece. Thanks for sharing 🤓
You’re very welcome…. glad you enjoyed… XXXMarie
Thank you for sharing. We visited Dublin years back and never knew it was close by. Planning another trip to the Emerald Isle as soon as we possibly can, and Dublin will definitely be back on the itinerary. ⛴📷♥
It hasn’t been there for very long Marilyn – it was only finished a few years ago. Hopefully you’ll get here sooner rather than later! Meanwhile, stay safe. XXXMarie
Those are brilliant. They go way beyond the chainsaw carvings.
Its a beautiful piece – glad you enjoyed… XXXMarie
These are unique and beautiful!
I think my favourite section is the ocean at the bottom…. especially the squid!
Wow that really is incredible! What a work of art. I just love the detail of all the animals and the overall piece is marvelous. Imagine having that kind of talent. Thanks for sharing!
Yes – imagine being able to look at a bit of a tree and come up with this!!!