Meet Elmer Gunderson – Sculptor of the Trees at Cottonwood Island

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Carving Out a Community Legacy

City and Papyrus Printing provide funding to enhance Cottonwood Island Park

Cottonwood Island Park has even more personality thanks to the artistry of local wood carver Elmer Gunderson. Through funding from a City of Prince George Community Enhancement Grant, Gunderson added six more carvings to the trail this summer. Thanks to support from Papyrus Printing, last week the City installed a sign that details the carvings for visitors to the park at a kiosk in the parking lot near the replica bridge. A brochure indicating the locations of the carvings is also available at Tourism Prince George and the Railway and Forestry Museum.

Cottonwood Island Carvings - Map and Sign

The project was initiated by the Prince George Heritage Commission member Jeff Elder and the Railway and Forestry Museum, which applied for support from the City’s Community Enhancement Grants and secured support from Papyrus Printing.

The artwork is carved into the dense outer bark of the cottonwood, avoiding the cambium layer and does not harm the trees. The new additions bring the total number of carvings in the park to 12.

“These grants provide support for creative projects such as these carvings in the park,” says Mayor Lyn Hall. “Not only does a project like this create a unique destination for city residents but it also provides a fun and interesting walk for visitors to our City.”

To see more of Elmer’s art, visit the exhibit at the Art Gallery this Winter 2017.