New sculpture complete at Oaks by the Bay park

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many visitors at Oaks by the Bay Park Wednesday found themselves stopping to take pictures of a new piece of artwork.

One local chainsaw sculptor turned a tree destroyed by Hurricane Michael into a work of art at Oaks by the Bay park. (WJHG/WECP)

Towards the front entrance of the park, you'll find a new wooden sculpture created by local chainsaw sculptor Chad Gainey.

He said he was invited by Panama City to create the piece shortly after Hurricane Michael.

The artwork took about six and a half days to complete and on Wednesday Gainey finally packed up shop.

"You kind of get in the zone and you're, you know, trying to figure it all out and work it out in your head and then carve it. So it gets to be a lot of kind of long hours and on your feet, up and down the scaffolding so definitely sleep well at night," said Gainey.

Panama City resident Robert Stone said, "You know so many trees were damaged by the storm that, you know, it's really very ugly what's happened from that so the fact that he can take something that's basically dead and turn it into something cool that will last for a long time - we love it, we love it."

Gainey said he plans to carve another six foot cedar tree located in the back of the park. He thinks it will be an interactive piece so visitors can take photos alongside it.

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