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Transformations on the Shore

June 22 - June 26


On July 1 (Canada Day) 1996, well-known local artist Max Chickite stood working on an old stump that had been on the beach for many years.
After 10 hours, a remarkable octopus appeared from the wood and “Octy” was born. Octy was a gift to the city from Max.
A few days later, vandals cut off the Octopus’ head and stole it, but it was found 11 days later on a logging road. Max repaired the charred, damaged head and returned it to Octy’s body.
The vandalism caused furor and is the reason the Driftwood-Carving Competition was started. It was felt that since a city could be so upset about the damage to one carving, it would surely appreciate a city filled with carvings.

Today, Transformations on the Shore upholds the message and feeling of the original carving competition.  You can see the works of art all around Campbell River outside of different businesses and in parks.

The carvers are provided with a large piece of wood, and they carve up fantastical animals, people and scenes out of the wood.   They bring their own tools, and most often start in with their chainsaws until they get down to finer details in their works.  Some just pull out a smaller chain saw!

This event really is a thrill and always so fun to watch the solid pieces of wood turn into a dragon, or a mermaid!

Noise protection gear is suggested for children and anyone sensitive to noise, as the saws can be loud at times.   


June 22
June 26


Campbell River Shoreline Arts Society


Frank James Park
Campbell River, BC V9W 1C2 Canada
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