Elk NetworkSculptor Creates Life-Sized Elk Out of Driftwood

General | April 30, 2020

Feeling cooped up during the COVID-19 pandemic? You’re not alone.

A Canadian man who lives on a remote island and creates art out of driftwood felt inspired to launch a big project after his brother and a friend gave him a set of elk antler sheds.

“In the midst of all this madness, I decided that it’d be good to build a life-sized elk out of driftwood in the basement of my house,” Guthrie Gloag told CBC.

Gloag has a 600-square-foot studio in the basement of his home on Bowen Island, located about 20 miles west of Vancouver, British Columbia. He creates unique sculptures out of driftwood he gathers himself, one backpack full at a time, not far from his house. His tools amount to a set of cordless drills, screws and the wood.

“As I’ve been working on this piece, I realize that it feels like an act of faith in art. I can find inspiration in nature and that’s given me peace and solace,” added Gloag.

Go here to watch a short video highlighting Gloag’s wapiti creation.

(Photo source: Guthrie Gloag/CBC Arts)