Hockney’s Totem tree is chainsawed in vandal attack

The Totem tree after the paint attack but before it was cut down
The Totem tree after the paint attack but before it was cut down

The tree stump which formed the centre piece for a picture by internationally acclaimed artist David Hockney has been subjected to a second attack of vandalism.

Named by Mr Hockney as Totem, and featuring in his painting Winter Timber, the tree trunk once stood 12ft high down a lane in Woldgate, near Bridlington.

However this week vandals have attacked the landmark with a chainsaw, reducing it to mere stump in the ground.

The incident follows another attack last month when red spray paint was daubed over the Totem tree.

It is now yet known who is repsonsible for the attacks, however officials from the East Riding of Yorkshire council have been to inspect the shortened trunk.

A spokesman said: “It was not felled by the council but because it is on private land there is nothing more we can do about it.”

Mr Hockney was unavailable for comment regarding the incident, however Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are disappointed to see the Totem has been felled.

“It was an iconic image that helped put the Yorkshire Wolds on the map.”