New sculpture at Strathclyde Country Park celebrates childhood fun

A new wooden sculpture celebrating the fun of childhood is now on display at Strathclyde Country Park.

The figure, which shows a girl doing a handstand is intended to capture the feeling of being young and carefree. It was created by chainsaw sculptor Hamish Maxwell from the base of a tree that was cut down because of disease.

Overlooking Strathclyde Loch, across from the Watersports Centre, the sculpture is located in a popular area of the park and is surrounded by woodland.

Strathclyde Park deputy officer, Jim Brannigan said: “We wanted to create a new feature for Strathclyde Park that celebrates being outdoors, the games and fun of childhood, and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

“The shape of the tree stump inspired the idea for a handstand, and Hamish has transformed it into a joyful sculpture that we hope visitors will enjoy.”

At the opening of the sculpture, pupils from nearby schools showed off their acrobatic skills with handstands to mark its completion.

Visitors to the park are encouraged to share pictures of themselves doing a handstand beside the sculpture and share them on social media using the hashtag #handstandchallenge.

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