Wednesday, June 17, 2020

New Sculpture Taking Shape Outside Library

Chainsaw Artist Clayton Coss made a lot of progress on the new sculpture 
in front of Sallisaw's Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library. 

Folks passing by Stanley W. Tubbs Memorial Library may have noticed a new sculpture being created right before their eyes as an area artist shows off his skills outside the facility. 

Artist Clayton Coss is creating a chainsaw sculpture out of a tree stump that was left on the library grounds. He said he has been doing such work since 1985. “It’s labor-intensive but not difficult,” he said. 

Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton said Wednesday that though the final outcome of the sculpture is a secret, the city is excited about work going on at the library. 

“The sculpture will go with the library’s new gazebo, front door, windows and more,” Skelton said. “The library is the focal point of our community” and it deserved the face lift, he said. 

As part of the renovations, Skelton said, city crews removed several sweet gum trees from around the library. Crews left behind a 6-foot stump in front of the library that served as Coss’s medium. 

Coss said he started the project Tuesday and expects to be done sculpting by Thursday. 

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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