On July 1 (Canada Day) 1996, well-known local artist Max Chickite stood working on an old stump that had been on the beach for many years.
After 10 hours, a remarkable octopus appeared from the wood and “Octy” was born. Octy was a gift to the city of Campbell River from Max.
A few days later, vandals cut off the Octopus’ head and stole it, but it was found 11 days later on a logging road. Max repaired the charred, damaged head and returned it to Octy’s body.
The vandalism caused furor and is the reason the Driftwood-Carving Competition was started. It was felt that since a city could be so upset about the damage to one carving, it would surely appreciate a city filled with carvings. “Transformations on the Shore” began in 1997 and has been seen by thousands and thousands. Visitors and local residents love to watch the carvers at work and enjoy the carvings that are left along the Sea Walk and throughout the City of Campbell River, Vancouver Island.
Below is a slideshow of the images I took, if you click on an image it will open a larger version in a new window.