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The Panther is Welcomed

by Bill Tobin
June 11, 2010

The Panther is Welcomed

Back in November, Jesse Green visited his alma mater with a 375-pound log...

The log has returned now as a "Panther" at the high school. It was welcomed by students, staff and Senator Karen Spilka

The carving of the panther began in November 2009 when two students, Brittany Burke and Abby Parker were researching town archives for an historic symbol as part of Massachusetts Project Eco-Art. The Panther was chosen as the icon for Holliston.

Jesse Green an alumnus of Holliston High, class of 1995, is a master chainsaw sculptor who has scupted icons for Medway, Sturbridge, Fall River, Bridgewater and more, as part of the Project Eco-Art of Massachusetts.


The sculpted log is concealed.

The history class students of Ms O'Brien await the unveiling.

Here it is, a master art work worth the wait.

Senator Spilka tells the students that art work such as this promotes pride, tourism art and green awareness. This project encourages all communities to display a creative sculpted landmark that connects and pulls communities together.
Students were encouraged to ask the senator questions on any subject and they did. Lowering taxes, solar panels, the oil spill, and face book bullying were all openly discussed. This was a great experience for the students as well as the senator. She later expressed interest in returning to the school at any time to meet with students.

Students, Spilka, faculty and sculptor Jesse Green pose with the Panther.

L-R Karen, Jesse, Panther, the Principal  and Puck Fernsten,

L-R Jesse Green, Panther, Brittany Burke and Abby Parker.

The permanent location for this panther maybe at this site on Hollis Street overlooking the field.


Go to:  to read  the first article on the sculpted  panther,

For information on the chainsaw sculpter Jesse Green go to;


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