A collection of unique art work, made primarily from first-growth Douglas fir wood, will go on auction tonight at Shenton Road’s Country Aire Auctions.
Spokeswoman Shelley McLaren said the pieces, made from the stumps of trees that had been harvested over the past 100 years, are among the most eye-catching art work she has seen delivered to the business in the 10 years she’s been there. She said the art pieces are from an artist from Port Alberni who died recently and the province stepped in to liquidate his estate to cover his debts.
McLaren said the identity of the artist has not been released and none of the pieces have been signed to reveal his identity.
“I’ve never seen anything like these before,” she said as she displayed the pieces Thursday.
“Whoever the artist was had some special access to the stumps and was able to make some magnificent art from them. With no one available to give us information on the artist, we’re dealing with a lot of speculation on who he was at this time.”