AN ICONIC tree in Newquay that had to be chopped down for safety reasons now lives on as a sculpture created by a lecturer and his students.
The Monterey Cypress pine in the drive of Belushi's Bar was over 43 feet tall and was estimated to be between 110 and 125 years old. After a limb weighing two and a half tonnes fell from the tree, Cornwall Council lifted the preservation order on it and it was ordered to be taken down. The remaining stump has now been made into a piece of art.
Reece Ingram, a lecturer at Truro and Penwith College and a professional sculptor, led the project, which featured wood-carving by art and design students Sam Golley, Amos Bradunas, Rebecca Murton and Freja Taylor.
The new design represents a wave form and features pilchard fish up its sides, to commemorate Newquay's former pilchard fishing industry and also the town's current links to the sea through surfing.
The sculpture was unveiled by the Mayor of Newquay, Kevin Towill, in front of representatives from Beds and Bars, the company behind Belushi's, the creators themselves and Martin Page, programme team leader for art and design at the college.
Sam Golley said: "It was a privilege to work with such a well-known sculptor on such a prominent piece of art."
And Amos Bradunas added: "It was great to try something so unusual and on a scale like this. It was a new challenge."