The Most Interesting Site in Alabama…. Tinglewood Carvings
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The Tinglewood Carvings are located in Orr Park in Montevallo, Alabama, just south of Birmingham. At first glance, Orr Park appears just like any other park; it has picnic tables, trails, and playgrounds. But upon a more extensive investigation of the park, visitors notice Tim Tingle’s unusual carvings. After a severe storm swept through Montevallo in 1993, many of the older trees in the park were destroyed. Crews were called in to chop up the dead or dying trees. It was at this point, when Tingle got his idea – he would make caricature carvings into the park’s mangled cedar trees in an attempt to preserve them.
By making the unsightly trees into unique works of art, Tingle was able to save many of the trees from being cut down. Tingle’s trees feature carvings with detailed faces, animals, characters, and even a dragon. Tingle’s artwork has become a celebrated aspect of the Montevallo community. New carvings are being incorporated into the park all of the time.