One month after he started, chainsaw sculptor Josh Landry has finished his monumental sculpture on the lawn of Stephen and Tabitha King’s home on West Broadway in Bangor.
The sculpture, carved from the remnants of a massive ash tree that was partially removed a few years ago, stands 15 feet high, and features a menagerie of creatures congregating around a bookcase — an appropriate gathering spot for the home of two world-famous authors.
The finished product includes intricately carved owls, ravens, cats, frogs, mushrooms and climbing vines, alongside a fearsome-looking dragon, and a quite comfortable-looking corgi lounging at its base — undoubtedly a nod to the many corgis the King family has kept over the years, including the famous Molly, the Thing of Evil.
“I enjoyed carving the dragon the most, probably because it was so different from what I usually do for clients,” said Landry, an Anson resident and nationally-renowned chainsaw carver. “The hardest part was the bookcase, and hollowing it out around the cats and books. But the whole thing was fun.”
Landry put a waterproof sealant on the tree on Sunday, the last step before his work of art was done. Yesterday, Stephen King tweeted about the sculpture’s completion — though the project was Tabitha’s idea, and she collaborated on the design idea with Landry.
There was a dead ash tree in our front yard. My wife, Tabitha, had an idea to turn it into a sculpture featuring books and animals. The sculptor was Josh Landry. He did it with a chainsaw. pic.twitter.com/e6OTsvSKh6
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 19, 2020
“Their substances give us shelter and furniture, and warmth in winter — cue joke about shade in the summer — and the paper from which we make books. They are homes for birds and insects and animals and food for fungi,” said Tabitha King, in an email to the BDN last month. “It is said that the dead tree gives no shelter. In reality the dead tree supports a wealth of life.”
Though the grounds are private and closed to the public, the sculpture is visible from the street, and it adds to the already-alluring landscape of the King’s Bangor home — the wrought-iron gate, the brick-red house, and the other sculptures and artwork dotting the grounds. The couple is slowly turning the house into home for Stephen King’s archive, the offices for his and Tabitha’s foundation, and a writer’s retreat for visiting authors.