Woodland creatures

Local artist Willy Rosencrans has been carving sculptures from fallen trees along UNC-Asheville’s South Campus Trails. The trails can be accessed from Dortch St., and are located between UNCA’s Pisgah House and the US Forest Services Southern Research Station. Rosencrans has completed three carvings in different areas of the woods, and has plans for others such as animals that children will be able to climb.

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6 thoughts on “Woodland creatures

  1. emily

    I sure with he wouldn’t, there are some delicious wild edible mushrooms that grow on those trees.

  2. Poly

    Very cool!!
    Thanks to the artist for taking this initiative upon themselves!

  3. kgriffin

    I love them! They are my new favorite thing about these woods. Seeing the face at the entrance makes me smile! Btw I eat the “chicken of the woods” mushrooms every year, they grow on oaks and the three sculptures are oak, but there are many hundreds of other oaks to find those mushrooms on! I hope more get carved

  4. Ashevegasjoe

    I never realized trees could be carved into animals that aren’t bears

  5. The carvings are well done and display his obvious talent. However, it would be really awesome if he would refrain from putting anymore carvings into the support structures of the ropes course elements because vandalism isn’t cool.

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