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A dead oak tree is on its way to becoming a piece of art as an artist transforms the tree into the Charles River Esplanade’s newest sculpture
Sculptor Mitch Ryerson is putting the finishing touches on the 15-foot stump that will become the Stoneman Tree Sculpture, The Esplanade Association said in its August newsletter.
The organization, which commissioned the sculpture after the tree died about five years ago, expects to host a ribbon cutting for the tree at the Stoneman Playground between near the Harvard Bridge in early fall to celebrate the tree’s artistic transformation.
Sculpted birds will be perched on top of the tree stump and branch, keeping an eye on the playground.
The Esplanade Association said that in addition to bringing art to the playground, the tree's transformation also helped prevent damage to the parkland because its large trunk and root ball did not have to be removed.