The sculpture was originally located at the site of the live ash tree on the corner of East Franklin and Columbia Streets. It was removed and subsequently restored and relocated approximately three years after carving due to rot and deterioration from the elements. The original carving was taller, displaying more of the trunk of the tree at the base, and was lighter in color. In the restoration, the already darkening wood was given several coats of sealant.
Images: Hand and basketball |
UNC logo |
Sculpture in front of Spanky's Restaurant. (Image courtesy of the Carolina Alumni Review. Photo by Regina Oliver.)
Side, base: 2009 / NCAA
Sides, base: [University of North Carolina logo]
Arm: [University of North Carolina logo]
Shortly after the event, the stump was carved on location into a long arm with a hand at the tip holding a basketball painted orange. The sculpture remained there until 2012 after the wood had deteriorated further, necessitating removal. It was removed for refurbishment and relocation to a new home in town to be determined. The sculpture was refurbished and is now on display in the Chapel Hill and Orange County Visitors Bureau on West Franklin Street, just a few blocks west of the original site.
The sculpture was carved by Dwight Bassett, a wood carver, who also worked for the Town as its Economic Development Officer. Bassett apparently intended the sculpture as a temporary artistic expression, although it is now a piece of permanent public art.
11 July 2014 | Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina