Twit-twho is that mystery carving?

David and Maureen Lowe with the five year old grandson Harris Jagoe and the owl (1202286AM1)
David and Maureen Lowe with the five year old grandson Harris Jagoe and the owl (1202286AM1)

The newest resident of Maureen and David Lowe’s home on Kirkby Road, Ripon has been attracting some admiring glances.

“Hoot” stands 11 feet high in front of the Lowes’ home.

NARG 1202286 Ripon Owl Sculpture. (1202286AM2)

NARG 1202286 Ripon Owl Sculpture. (1202286AM2)

The owl carving appeared after Mr and Mrs Lowe realised that removing a diseased beech tree would leave with a gap in their front hedge, and decided to transform what was left of the tree into an eye catching feature in front of their home.

“I looked online to find someone who does chainsawing carving and found Chris” Mrs Lowe said.

Hoot is the work of artist Chris McCallum, who spent seven days transforming the tree stump into an owl.

Since his appearance, Hoot has been the centre attention on the street.

“We’ve had people knocking at the door wanting to take pictures of him, and all the children from the schools round here are very interested,” Mrs Lowe added.