EAST AYTON, North Riding
The Magician's Coat SE 989 849
Sadly, the wooden sculpture is no longer outside the dentist at East Ayton.
It was made out of an ash tree by Colin Wilbourn in 1996 who also made up a story for the children of the school opposite. A travelling magician, allegedly, left his coat and hat on a tree in gratitude to the dentist. It grew overnight to form a Caduceus, thought to be the symbol of healing. There is a snake mistake on the stake however; the Rod of Asclepius is actually the symbol of healing and only has one snake.
For other tree sculptures by Colin Wilbourn see:
Durham, DURHAM, The Upper Room
Suffolk, LONG MELFORD, The Tower of Babel
West Riding, HUDDERSFIELD, Greenhead Park
West Riding, KNARESBOROUGH, Henshaws