Statues and Memorials in London: Elfin Oak

Posted: February 7, 2015 in London, UK
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The Elfin Oak stands in Kensington Gardens. The stump, which is from a 900 year old tree, came from Richmond Park and was brought to Kensington in 1928. Over the next two years Ivor Innes carved and painted elves and animals into its surface so the appear to be climbing the tree.

Elfin Oak
Photo by Uli Harder (https://www.flickr.com/photos/uli_harder/)

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Elfin Oak
photo by Tracy Lee Carroll (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tracylee/)

Elfin Oak
photo by Tracy Lee Carroll (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tracylee/)

In 1966 a campiagn led by comedian Spike Milligan resulted in its restoration and being declared a protected monument.

Elfin Oak
photo by Tracy Lee Carroll (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tracylee/)

Comments
  1. Did the lady in the first picture make it – the guy seems to be pretty good at mouth to mouth!

  2. Pete says:

    I would imagine it was considered fairly risqué for a public piece of sculpture when originally put on display.

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