Tree Spirits of Saint Simons Island
Mysterious faces, called Tree Spirits, are carved into live oaks and hardwoods throughout Saint Simons Island off the Georgia coast. There are 20 Tree Spirits commissioned on the island, each crafted by sculptor Keith Jennings. Jennings feels that each carving reveals the tree’s inner spirit.
Jennings took two to four days to sculpt each serene face throughout the forest, allowing them to intriguingly blend into their surroundings. The artist says that each face he carves into the wood is created entirely according to the tree. He insists, “I don’t have that much to do with it. The wood speaks to you, ya know?”