Tree art finds new life at museum

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A number of carved trees in the downtown area were recently removed, however two of those carvings have been saved from the wood chipper.

“The trees have been cut down but I had them saved,” said Andy Putoczki, president of the Delhi BIA.

The carved section of two tree trunks – about four feet long – were cut down to size and varnished.

“They were placed at the museum,” said Putoczki, referring to the garden beside the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre, which is maintained by the Delhi and District Horticultural Society.

Originally, the BIA paid to have eight trees carved in a decorative fashion around the downtown core. They were intended to add a bit of artistic flare to the area.

The two tree carvings that were saved came from King Street across from the Hungarian Hall as well as one from Main Street.

The trees were scheduled to be removed to accommodate the sidewalk renovations downtown, confirmed Steve Scheers, Norfolk's superintendent of forestry and cemeteries in a telephone interview. A number of those trees have already been replaced while others will be in the future.

In October, 2012, Bill Cridland, roads manager with Norfolk County noted the interlocking brick pathways would be removed along Main Street, Church Street and King Street in small sections, progressively over time, with the first section expected to be removed during the 2013 construction season. The stone pathway will be replaced by concrete.

Sarah Doktor

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