WWII Soldier Memorial Sculpture

Head and shoulders of o'Rourke's chainsaw carving sculpture of a WWII soldier

As the country silences itself at 11am today, Workington has a new WWII soldier memorial sculpture to commemorate those who gave their lives in military service. The unveiling took place on Poppy Day, as you may have seen on BBC or ITV. Simon and Liz were also there today (Remembrance Sunday) to see the sculpture … Read more

How The Prestatyn Walker Sculpture Could Help Rejuvenate a Town

the prestatyn walker sculptures with bushes in the background

We’ve blogged before about the power of a sculpture to increase tourism and revenue. Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station had the same thought when they commissioned the Prestatyn Walker sculpture. This week’s blog shares the story behind that sculpture…   Prestatyn Walker Sculpture Story: Walkers Are Welcome Prestatyn was the first town in Wales to … Read more

Eight Tree Carving Sculptures to See this Bank Holiday Weekend

Two life size sculptures of women carved from oak, standing on a balcony at Prestatyn Hillside Shelter. They are two of Simon O'Rourke's public tree carving sculptures to see this bank holiday weekend

It’s bank holiday weekend which means an extra day for relaxing. With reasonable weather predicted, why not get out and enjoy some of our British outdoors or attractions? And if you wanted to take in some public art while you’re out, here are eight of Simon’s tree carving sculptures to see this bank holiday weekend… … Read more

Lews Castle Carriage Driver Sculpture

Simon O'Rourke's Lews Castle Carriage Driver sitting in the antique cart at Lews Castle

This week Simon’s carriage driver sculpture arrived in its new home up in the Outer Hebrides. The commission is part of an upgrade/renovation to Lews Castle; a Victorian castle located in the town of Stornaway. The project has several components and is a lovely example of the community uniting to rejuvenate and improve the aesthetics … Read more

Bespoke Shakespeare Seat at Poulton Hall

close up of the face of Simon O'Rourkes bespoke shakespeare seat at poulton hall

405 years ago today the world lost a literary legend, 52 years to the day that is is often recognised as being born. Who are we talking about? Britain’s very own bard, William Shakespeare. To fit the occasion, this week’s blog is the story behind Simon’s bespoke Shakespeare seat at Poulton Hall… Bespoke Shakespeare Seat: … Read more

The Marbury Lady Revisited

Cheshire Life Magazine cover featuring The Marbury Lady sculpture by Simon O'Rourke

This month Cheshire Life magazine featured The Marbury Lady on its front cover. It was part of a feature on local photographer Alison Hamlin Hughes – AKA The (other!) Marbury Lady! Although the article wasn’t about Simon, many people have been interested in the sculpture. So, we thought we’d revisit the story behind the sculpture … Read more

Pantpurlais Mad Hatter Sculpture

chainsaw artist simon o rourke stands in a cherry picker on the left. on the right is the sculpture he is working on - the pantpurlais mad hatter sculpture. the character is carved into a standing ash stump.

Our followers on Facebook will have spotted a lovely new carving this week. Simon travelled over to Llandrindod Wells where he transformed a diseased tree into the Pantpurlais Mad Hatter sculpture…   Background to the Pantpurlais Mad Hatter Sculpture: The Property The mad hatter sculpture was a commission for the owners of Pantpurlais, Llandrindod Wells. … Read more

Sculptures for World Book Day

Sculptures for world book day by Simon O'Rourke. An Owl sits on top of a tower of books in a 'totem pole' style sculpture.

If you have school-aged children you will know next Thursday is World Book Day. We’ve actually heard it might be the most dreaded day of the school year!!! Based on all the Facebook posts of the last-minute scrambling to find a costume, we that could easily be true! Costume-panic aside though, the mission of World … Read more