Artist turns storm damage into art

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new art piece was unveiled on Tuesday as a result of damage from a storm in 2013.

Artist Mark Chavez was hired by the city to work on a cottonwood tree that went down during the microburst.

Chavez used a chainsaw to carve birds, koi fish and lily pads into it. Chavez says the piece took him three months to complete. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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