I am dedicating a large sculpture to the beloved Lonesome George, who passed away June 2012. He was more than 100 years old. He was discovered in the 1970s on Pinta Island of the Galapagos Islands. He was the only surviving species of his type. He was relocated to the Charles Darwin research station on Santa Cruz Island for his safety. After several tries of mating with two females of a subspecies the eggs sadly did not hatch. In his last years he was known as the rarest creature in the world.
A cherry wood tree fell down in my backyard in the ice storm of 2011. We removed the root from the ground so my boys could have a swing. I didn’t notice the root for a while until one day it caught my attention. The same thing happened the next day so I went to look at it. When I saw that face, I knew it wanted to be a turtle. Lonesome George is the most famous turtle I had heard of.
I am an artist from the Fayetteville Underground in Fayetteville. I combine tree roots and stained glass to create unique, one-of-a-kind art. Every piece is inspired by the root which creates the design elements. This type of art has never been done before. Attached are images of the sculpture. I will be displaying George for the first time at the first Thursday opening April 4 at the New Fayetteville Underground from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and all through the month.