Senator Tree Transformed To Replica of Indian Statue
By Matt O'Hern // March 24, 2014
Carving Will Be Displayed in Historic Exhibits
ABOVE VIDEO: Douglas Snider shows his carved piece of the Florida Senator, the biggest and oldest pond cypress tree in the world, located in Big Tree Park, Longwood, Florida. In 2012, the Senator was destroyed by arson. Seminole County commissioned Snider to transform one of the remaining pieces into a replica of an ancient indian carving.
PORT ST. JOHN, FLORIDA — Douglas Snider transformed a burned section of one of the world’s most famous trees into a replica of a Timicuan Indian statue.
Snider, a former aerospace professional who worked on the space shuttle for three decades, is 90% through his carving project on the piece. After Snider completes his project, it will be displayed at the Seminole County art museum and it may tour around the state at various museums and exhibits.
The historic tree named “The Senator” was the biggest and oldest pond cypress tree in the world, located in Big Tree Park, Longwood, Florida. It was destroyed by arson in January 2012.
You can see more of Snider’s work, including carvings for sale at SnidelyWoodStudio.com
BELOW VIDEO: DOUG SNIDER’S PRESENTATION OF THE PIECE WHEN HE BEGAN HIS PROJECT.