The American Chiropractic Association estimates that 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. Given this statistic, what could be better advertising for a chiropractic office than a huge spinal column carved from a tree?
Columbus, Ohio chiropractor Dr. David Ryan, says of the skeletal sculpture:
“This is a 25-foot high spine that was carved out of a silver maple tree. The tree was dying and instead of just cutting it down, I decided to have it carved by Jack Cantley, a local chainsaw carving artist.
It took two weeks to carve and is lit up for night time viewing. The statue is named “Palmer” after the founder of chiropractic medicine and is dedicated to all the chiropractic patients and their doctors. Anyone is welcome to stop and visit for a photo. Great place to study your spinal anatomy.”
If the purpose of signage is to attract attention, then this creative, chain-saw sculpture is perfect.
I love the fact that it’s called Palmer! I can imagine conversations with it when it’s lit up 🙂 I have the age-old back problem of tall people, so we’d have plenty to talk about.
Your posts are always so colourful, James, that I’m sure your entry for Capture the Colour 2013 would be amazing. You may very well already have a nomination? http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/capture-the-colour-2013/
Thanks so much Jo, for the nomination, the link to our blog, and the kind words. I’m flattered and honored to be included on your list of blogs for nomination. I didn’t know about this competition, and appreciate your bringing it to my attention. I enjoy browsing through my photos, and coming up with post ideas, and hope to get started soon. ~James
Before I read the caption I thought this might have been a photo of a sasquatch fossil. 🙂
Cool picture. I will share it with my cousin the chiropractor. – Mike
Hey Mike. I thought that this was a wonderful use for a dead tree. Also, this doc has a great sense of humor as well. Tell your cuz that the parking space lines in his parking lot are white curvy spines. Pretty wacky and cool
How kooky! I’m headed to Columbus this weekend. Maybe I’ll swing by and show this to my kids.
Kooky indeed Juliann, and the perfect field trip for you and the kids. Check it out. ~James
Since we are in Columbus during the week, I may have to check this out as well. Yesterday I visited Chief Leatherlips. Thanks for the tip. 🙂
Wasn’t that a cool park? We were in transit and couldn’t spend much time, but it looked like a great spot for a picnic. When you go to see the spinal column, check out the parking space striping. ~James
What a great find! It made me sit up straight when I read your blog.
Thanks. I like the sit up straight line. Wish I had thought of it. Next time I’ll bend over backwards to be clever. ~James
Hahahahaha! I like it!
Nice Idea for a soon to be dead tree.
I thought so too Ron. It’s always great to see someone thinking out of the box. ~James
Now that’s a first! And yes, I did sit up straighter after reading this.
Pam, the the good doctor would be happy to know that his tree sculpture produced such positive results. ~James
So clever and great for business, I am sure!
You’re right Ruth. There’s no missing the message on this sign. ~James
Thanks Stephanie. This has an “oops” quality to it, as in – “Ohhh, darn! I hurt my back.” ~James
This is fantastic. What creative thinking by the chiropractor. I wonder if the red at the bottom is representing a bulging disc?
Sue, I must certainly win the award – answering a 2 year-old comment. Not sure about the bulging disc, but since I have a recurring back problem, I should have paid more attention. Sorry this one slipped through the cracks. ~James
Haha well aren’t you thorough going through old posts! I’m certain I have missed answering comments too. My Mom sometimes keeps an eye out for me. 🙂
I’ll have to look for this the next time we’re in Columbus. Gives me something to look forward to the next time we visit my mother-in-law.
Very funny Juliann. I take it from this comment that your mother-in-law doesn’t read our blog. ~James