Artist finds creative way to repurpose trees affected by Dutch Elm Disease

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Published: Sep. 21, 2018 at 6:26 PM CDT
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Near downtown Williston, Harmon Park is a peaceful place for walkers, children and families.

If you walk around you might see some interesting sculptures.

The Williston Convention and Visitor's Bureau noticed trees were deceased throughout the park due to Dutch Elm Disease and instead of getting rid of the entire tree they came up with an artistic solution.

"Even though people were sad to see the trees and the shade go being able to at least capture some art out of it was a great, creative solution," said Amy Krueger.

The bureau hired Bear Hollow Wood Carvings to come in and and carve the stumps.

It takes the artist one day to to complete one sculpture.

There are at least 12 to 16 sculptures in Harmon Park. It started with a wild life theme but became different types of sculptures as the artists got creative.

This project has brought life back to dead trees, and turned this park into a wonderland.

There is a sculpture for everyone's liking, frequent Harmon Park walker, Kristen Rehake, is a huge fan of them as well.

"I think it was a great way to use the deceased trees, I think it's a great way to display art," said Kristen Rehake.

Funding for the sculptures came mainly from the Williston Convention and Visitor's Bureau grant system.

Depending on the size of the tree, each sculpture costs roughly around $1,800 per tree.