Chicago Sculpture International brings sculpture to the community and promotes a community for sculpture and sculptors.
Jim Long has been a "treecycler" for many years. As a member of Chicago Sculpture International, and participant in the Chicago Park District's Art Initiative program, Long has been given the privilege of creating art from condemned trees and is one of the artists involved in The Chicago Tree Project, that brings new life to old trees.
In addition to "Fishing Eagle" on Lake Shore Drive, this past summer Jim carved two trees with his chainsaws in Nichols park. Located in Hyde Park, Nichols park is dog friendly. A howling wolf seemed like a perfect fit for that tree and was welcomed by all passersby. A blue heron was also proposed for that tree and it was decided there would be both. Mike Dimitroff, the head of the Arts Initiative Program, found a tree near the tennis courts that became the large blue heron with a fish. It is worth the trip to see these.
Watch the following video to see Jim in action!