Art Unexpected: Driftwood

My dad used to take us kids wandering along the beaches of the Pacific West Coast where there was driftwood galore.

Every often he’d find something the reminded him of something, take it home and convert it into a lamp or nest or whatever. I would have loved to see what he would have done with this piece which is a piece of art all on its own. Driftwood at Whiffen Spit, a walk on a spit of land extending out into the Pacific Ocean from Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaMy dad wasn’t the only person in the world to do this…

Art objects made from driftwood.

Even though much of Europe is deforested, and therefore lacking in driftwood, Sweden still has enough small pieces to make these wooden boats that decorate a boathouse in Gronemad. Driftwood boat decorate a boathouse at Gronemad, SwedenA driftwood bird on a structure built on one of Victoria’s many beaches (Vancouver Island, Canada).
Driftwood BirdDriftwod inspiration from Islita, a tiny art town on the Nicoya coast of Costa Rica.Islita: shell & wood hangerBlue Jay made of driftwood on the Wild Pacific Trail near Ucluelet (Vancouver Island, Canada).Driftwood Blue Jay on Ucluelet's Wild Pacific TrailA driftwood chair, held together with rusty wire, abandoned on the beach at Point No Point (Vancouver Island, Canada).
Point No Point driftwood chair
My attempts at laying out a driftwood xylophone for an art piece inspired by the ocean music (and driftwood chair) at Point No Point (Vancouver Island, Canada). Laying out a driftwood xylophone for an art piece inspired by the ocean music at Point No Point

Driftwood used for construction.

A beach shelter on Long Beach, Tofino (Vancouver Island, Canada). driftwood house amid the sea grasses on Long Beach, Vancouver IslandLooking up at the ‘ceiling’ of an arbour made from bits of driftwood at Sooke Harbour House (Vancouver Island, Canada) An arbour made of bits of driftwood at Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island, CanadaIn the surfer’s village near Tofino was a popular eating spot called the Wildside Grill with its funky driftwood shelter (Vancouver Island, Canada).The funky driftwood shelter at the Wildside Grill in Tofino

Driftwood plus!

Improving on nature (West Vancouver, Canada).improving on natureA heart carved into a piece of driftwood at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park (Vancouver Island, Canada).A heart carved into a piece of driftwood at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver IslandWeathered driftwood and a sculpture carved from driftwood in a yard in Ucluelet (Vancouver Island, Canada). Weathered driftwood in a yard in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, BC, CanadaMore of the Friendly Friday Challenge: Art Unexpected.

6 responses to “Art Unexpected: Driftwood

  1. I recognize pieces & places from my stomping ground on Vancouver Island! Driftwood can be pretty amazing, naturally formed art by itself. Thanks for joining the challenge! Cheer- Sandy

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