Masa carves a name for himself with Sika deer creation

Artist Masa Suzuki at Wakehurst Place 'Picture by Jim Holden
Artist Masa Suzuki at Wakehurst Place 'Picture by Jim Holden
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Sculptor Masa Suzuki is recreating a traditional form of Japanese sculpture at Wakehurst Place near Ardingly.

Masa, pictured by Jim Holden, has carved the head of a Sika deer into an area of dead wood on a Japanese cedar tree in Wakehurst’s pinetum.

Experts say that the carving will not harm the rest of the living tree and in time – over the next 25 to 50 years – repair tissue will gradually close over the carving as the tree’s natural healing process continues.