Friday, December 08, 2006

A Christmas Carol

Art sculptures carved from trees when they need to be removed are common on some streets in St. Paul. This one has always appealed to me. It seems to be in the right spirit for Christmas, don't you think? Now if we could just get some snow instead of icy cold blasts of wind!

Today in MN history: 1863 - The First National Bank of St. Paul is organized, the first Minnesota bank chartered under the national banking act of 1863. Derived from a private bank owned by Parker Paine, it would eventually lose its name through a series of mergers, although there is still a First National Bank Building in St. Paul. (Reference: MNHS:ORG)

18 comments:

  1. That is SOOO much better than a chainsaw-carved bear. Those are all too common in Wisconsin.

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  2. superbe statue, je la verrais bien sorti d'un conte de dickens.

    superbe statue, je la verrais bien sorti d'un conte de dickens.
    superb statue, I would see it well left a tale of dickens.

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  3. Kate I had no idea these sculptures existed in St. Paul! What a wonderfully creative use of an otherwise disposable tree.
    I hope your wish for snow comes true....only keep the snow on your side of the river please!

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  4. How interesting... Wonder how many hours went into the carving of that... Around here I'd be afraid that something like this would be vandalized... Great idea, though...

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  5. That is brilliant, I've never heard of the practice before. So glad I saw this. Yes, perfect for Christmas.

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  6. I guess I have to parrot what every one else said. I have never heard of this but what a wonderful concept. As annie said so much better than a chainsaw-carved bear. The carving is quite beautiful and fitting for the season. I hoppe you get a White Christmas.

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  7. Very seasonal and beautiful, even without the snow...

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  8. I've never seen that before...very pretty! I would never guess that it was made from wood, looks like bronze or something similar.

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  9. Nice space you have here, I love the statue it seams like bronze.
    Thank you for the short visit,that how I came here :O)

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  10. The way you photographed it, it could be bronze but either way, it's a beautiful, beautiful sculpture. And totally suited to the season, I agree.

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  11. What a great idea. I have never seen this type of thing.

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  12. Very talented. I love trees but would like to have a sculpture ... As normal we don't get into the Christmas sprit until just prior to the 25th.

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  13. how lovely the two statues.

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  14. Very interesting work, I love this carved sculptures. Good eye!

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  15. cool and very nice sculpture, isnt it??
    i like this.

    jing
    shanghai daily photo

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  16. is this your neighborhood Kate? It looks like something out of a movie - lovely place to live and makes it feel like christmas!

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  17. Hi Kate, I love this shot. Your tittle (great choice) and this sculpture is very orignal and quite à propos :-) That's right, it reminds us Dickens or Harry Potter visiting this pretty neighborhood ...

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  18. This is just stunning Kate! Never seen anything like it ever before! Perfect for this time of year...the lighting of that day just set the mood! =)

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