Elfin Oak

public artwork; carved treestump

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Geographical coordinates: 51.5087 -0.187936


English Elfin Oak

The Elfin Oak is the stump of a 900-year-old oak tree in Kensington Gardens in London, carved and painted to look as though elves, gnomes and small animals are living in its bark.

The hollow log, donated by Lady Fortescue, originally came from Richmond Park, and was moved to Kensington Gardens in 1928 as part of George Lansbury's scheme of public improvements in London. Over the next two years the illustrator Ivor Innes carved the figures of the "Little People" into it. These included Wookey the witch, with her three jars of health, wealth and happiness, Huckleberry the gnome, carrying a bag of berries up the Gnomes' Stairway to the banquet within Bark Hall, and Grumples and Groodles the Elves, being awakened by Brownie, Dinkie, Rumplelocks and Hereandthere stealing eggs from the crows' nest.Innes also illustrated a 1930 children's book written by his wife Elsie and based on the Elfin Oak. In it, Elsie wrote:

for centuries now it has been the home of fairies, gnomes, elves, imps, and pixies. In the nooks and crannies they lurk, or peer out of holes and crevices, their natural windows and doorways. It is their hiding-place by day, their revelry place by night, and when the great moon tops the bare branchless tree the Elfin Clans come out to play and frolic in the moonlight.

The inside cover of Pink Floyd's 1969 album Ummagumma features a picture of David Gilmour in front of the Elfin Oak.The comedian Spike Milligan was a lifelong fan of the tree, and in 1996 he led a successful campaign to have it restored. Milligan's contribution as advisor and lending his photographic records of his original restoration in the 1960s was of great value to students from Byam Shaw School of Art, who restored the tree in 1996 led by the artist and conservator Marcus Richards. Richards has continued to be responsible for restoration and maintaining the Elfin Oak to the present day. In December 1997 Heritage Minister Tony Banks declared it a Grade II listed structure.

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German Elfeneiche

Die Elfeneiche ist ein 900 Jahre alter Baumstumpf in Kensington Gardens in London, der so geschnitzt und bemalt wurde, dass es aussieht, als ob Elfen, Gnome und kleine Tiere in seiner Rinde leben.

Der hohle Baumklotz kam ursprünglich aus dem Richmond Park. Er wurde 1928 als Teil eines Projektes von George Lansbury für öffentliche Verbesserungen nach Kensington Gardens in London versetzt. Im Verlaufe der nächsten zwei Jahre schnitzte der Illustrator Ivor Innes die Figuren der „Little People“ hinein. Diese umfassten die Hexe Wookey, mit ihren drei Krügen für Gesundheit, Wohlstand und Glück, den Gnom Huckleberry, der einen Sack Beeren die Treppe hoch zum Bankett in der Rindenhalle bringt und die Elfen Grumples und Groodles, die von Brownie, Dinkie, Rumplelocks und Hereandthere ermuntert werden, Eier aus dem Krähennest zu stehlen.

Das Innencover vom Pink Floyd-Album Ummagumma aus dem Jahre 1969 zeigt ein Bild von David Gilmour vor der Elfeneiche.

Der Komiker Spike Milligan war zeit seines Lebens ein Fan der Eiche. Im Jahre 1996 leitete er eine Kampagne zu ihrer Wiederherstellung. Im Jahre 1997 erklärte sie der Minister für Kulturerbe Tony Banks zur listed structure Grade II.

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English Elfin Oak

A 900-year-old tree stump carved and painted to feature elves and small animals.

SourceLondon/South Kensington-Chelsea (en.wikivoyage.org)

Italian Quercia degli elfi (Elfin Oak)

Un albero vecchio di 900 anni scolpito e dipinto con rappresentazioni di elfi e piccoli animali.

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