There is a big buzz going on at Crescent Creek Park.
Jeff Samudosky, an artist and international award-winning wood carver, has been commissioned by the Gig Harbor Maritime Playzone Committee to create a natural statue for the entrance of the park out of a tree stump on the property.
“The design committee wanted to have something at the entrance that fit our concept of having a sense of place,” committee member Brett Marlo DeSantis said. “I wanted to keep it natural and use the stump. I had seen Jeff’s work displayed around town and contacted him.”
A 100-year-old Western red cedar had to be cut down two years ago after the trunk was weakened, creating a dangerous hazard so close to the playground. The stump it left behind generated a perfect opportunity to be used in a new and natural way.
Samudosky started to peel back the bark last week and developed a vision of how the wood could be shaped into an art piece to represent the community.
“It’s going to be a collaboration of the marine and wildlife native to Gig Harbor,” he said.
By the end of the first week, his concept had started to become a reality. Samudosky carved out an eagle in flight and the outline of a harbor seal with his different chain saw sizes.
“It’s important for us to have ownership of the community,” Marlo DeSantis said. “We can be part of this process and see it happen.”
Park visitors can watch Samudosky while he works on the project during the next few weeks.
“I enjoy people stopping by to check it out,” Samudosky said.
The public is asked to observe the safety perimeter around the project.
Lifestyles Coordinator Kim Eibel can be reached at 253-358-4152 or by email at email@example.com.