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Simon O’Rourke – Creator of the Giant Hand of Lake Vyrnwy

An artist specialising in wood sculpture

Welcome to my website

Who am I?

I’m Simon O’Rourke, an artist based in Wrexham.

I create fine pieces of artwork from waste timber or standing stumps. I produce these using a variety of chainsaws, power tools, and hand tools.

I’m inspired by classical sculptors like Rodin, Bernini, and Michelangelo.


I love to inspire and fire people’s imagination through my creations. Whether it’s a beautiful sculpture, or functional art, you can commission me to create something you will love and enjoy for years to come.

“It was love at first sight with Simon’s carving ‘Olivia’. Her simple lines evoke a spirit of calm grace and she always attracts the admiration of visitors to my home.”

Nicola Crowell

View my portfolio

I create sculptures that beautifully compliment their surroundings and enhance gardens, homes, and public or commercial spaces.

What’s going on? Here’s the latest news

Screenshot showing a portion of the map of sculptures in the UK created by Simon O'Rourke that are visible to the public

Map of Sculptures in the UK

Below you will find a map of sculptures in the UK that we’ve made, that show all of our sculptures that are visible to the …

A Commemorative Sculpture of Blackie the Warhorse

One of the highights of summer so far for me was making and unveiling a commemorative sculpture of Blackie the warhorse. I’ve made several memorial …

Case studies

Take a closer look at some of Simon’s individual projects and what was involved, with example costs for similar work.