Carving up a storm

Jim Day
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Levi Cannon's most recent creation is a biplane that measures three metres wide, 2.7 metres long and three metres high

Aboriginal artist Levi Cannon continues to carve up a storm in Charlottetown.

Cannon was hired by the capital city to turn trees devastated by Dutch elm disease into works of art.

His first effort was the 1,500-pound statue of Robin Hood that stands at the eastern entrance to Charlottetown, just off St. Peters Road. The statue serves as a nod to the figure long associated with the neighbourhood of Sherwood.

Since the statue was erected one year ago, Cannon has been busy adding other eye-catching carvings to the city's landscape.

He has created a lasting tribute to Canadian veterans with a carving of poppies, the maple leaf and leaves that now stands outside the Charlottetown Legion.

His most recent creation is a biplane that measures three metres wide, 2.7 metres long and three metres high.

The carving, which weighs about 450 kilograms and is located at the intersection of North River Road and Beach Grove Road, took about one month to create.

Cannon had to build a brace to support the fuselage that weighs about 300 kilograms.

The carving commemorates the Upton Airport, which consisted of two turf runways that opened in 1932.

Cannon's next project under the Urban Beautification and Forestry program is to do a carving of a police officer and a police dog for the Charlottetown Police.

"It's keeping me hopping,'' the artist said of the carving projects contracted by the city.

"It's keeping the city beautiful.''

Mayor Clifford Lea said he is pleased with the look of the public art going up in Charlottetown.

"So far I think Levi has done fantastic work,'' he said.


Organizations: Upton Airport, Charlottetown Police

Geographic location: Charlottetown, North River Road, Beach Grove Road

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Recent comments

  • intobed
    August 19, 2011 - 12:30

    I have seen his carvings, and think they are great. It is a shame if a large tree must be cut down, but if the trunk is not rotten I am a big proponent of making a wonderful carving out of it. I wish the city had more money to put towards this. Properly taken care of, these carvings can last a long time.

  • SG
    August 18, 2011 - 22:32

    I agree with Mayor Lea I also think Mr. Cannon's work is fantastic. I'm so glad to find out what the biplane on the corner of North River and Beach Grove Rd. represents. My husband and I have been wondering each time we pass and looking to see if there had been any information supplied about the carving. Maybe the City could have plaques added to each of Mr. Cannons carvings to detail what the carving commemorates. In any case, Fantastic Work. I'll be looking for more of Mr. Cannons' creations.