South Fern Creek Avenue House Sign

A EUROPEAN HEDGEHOG is the sculpted artwork on this handcrafted property sign. A loveable and handsome little creature, it’s not surprising that a hedgehog has a rather large fan human fan club and its appealing image has often been chosen as a decoration, so we thought a few facts about this popular animal would be in order.

There are about 17 species of hedgehog worldwide – found in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and later introduced in New Zealand. Distantly related to shrews, they have evolved very little over millions of years. Nocturnal, they mainly eat insects, worms and caterpillars, though they will eat pet food if you leave it out in the garden.

The name hedgehog apparently came into useage in the 1400’s from the Middle English for ‘hedge’, since it likes to forage in hedges, rooting around for its favorite foods and making little grunting noises that reminded people of hogs as well as its pig-like snout. Interestingly, the word for a group of hedgehogs is an ‘array’ or ‘prickle’.

Many people try to attract hedgehogs to their garden, and get attached to ‘their hedgehog’. In actual fact, hedgehogs will visit many gardens, making the most of whatever is on offer, which is only understandable. Hedgehogs have adapted well to urban life, which is why they are such a familiar and well-loved animal, known for eating garden pests which is also appreciated.

The hedgehog on the sign hanging at South Fern Creek Avenue was sculpted using hand gouges and painted with artist acrylics, while the text was hand carved and gilded with 23kt gold leaf.

Carved & Gilded
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
21 " x 16 "