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The tallest tree in Wales had been damaged by a storm and was supposed to be cut down, but a better solution was found. Natural Resource Wales, which was in charge of the site, ordered artist O ‘ Rourke to cut down the tree. He came up with the concept of carving what the tree stump and trunk into a giant hand – to symbolise the tree’s last attempt to reach the sky.
Once completed, the sculpture was coated with tung oil, a natural vegetable oil safe for the closeness of the riverways.
It’s called THE GIANT HAND OF VYRNWY.
Height: 15.25 met
Sculptor Simon O’ Rourke.