Superman Tree carving.

Superman Tree

Field review by the editors.

Lincoln, Nebraska

When a large tree died in Jason Thompson's front yard, he decided that the trunk ought to be turned into a sculpture -- and since he'd always been a Superman fan, he wanted a Superman.

Thompson asked several local artists, but all of them turned down the project. Then he hooked up with David Huismann, a University of Nebraska architecture student who'd never carved a human -- or superhuman -- before. Also, as a full-time student, he could only work on Superman in his spare time.

Huismann nevertheless took on the project, and after almost a year of sawing, slashing, and chiseling, the Man of Wood was finally completed in November 2019 -- his bulging muscles and eight-pack abs striking fear into any supervillain who drives past Jason Thompson's house.

Superman Tree

Address:
6230 Judson St., Lincoln, NE
Directions:
Northeast of the city. From US-6/Cornhusker Hwy turn south at the stoplight onto N. 44th St. Cross the train tracks, then make the second left onto Judson St. Drive 18 blocks. You'll see Superman on the left. If you reach N. 63rd St. and the elementary school you've gone too far. Private property; visible from the street.
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