The sculpture which shows the face of a mystical bearded man was created next to a footpath on the corner of The Knares and Staneway, in Basildon, in a small tree stump.
It appeared on Christmas morning last year and was welcomed by local residents and councillors.An unsanctioned artwork? That cannot stand!
However, the tree has now been cut down after it was deemed to be "unsafe" by the council."Everything inside the council, nothing outside the council..."
He told the Echo: "A local piece of art has been cut down by council contractors as it was deemed as being unsafe.
"The tree Stump in Lee Chapel South had become something of a landmark when a Banksy-style carving was styled into it with a chainsaw a year ago.
"It has had two makeovers since by the unknown artist.
"Myself and other residents are really upset about what has happened.
"The tree stump posed no threat and was very popular with local residents."But the council didn't put it there! So it's not allowed!
"It's a shame to see it has been removed.
"I am trying to find out who decided it should come down."I bet you never do.