Artwork might remain in Civic Center trees

The woven, willow-branch sculptures in the sycamore treetops at the Civic Center could be removed as early as this month, but will likely stick around until February.

The permit for the “Upper Crust” project by acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty was approved by the Recreation and Park Commission in January, with the understanding it may come down this month for the annual pollarding (i.e. cutting back) of the trees.

However, it also indicated the permit could be extended until February if the project did not affect the pruning system.

Rec and Park gardeners and staff have decided they can effectively pollard the sycamores and the “Upper Crust” won’t get in the way.

The commission will talk about whether it should keep the artwork in place at the Thursday meeting in City Hall at 4 p.m.

Apparently, Rec and Park also decided the art isn't as bad as some people may think.

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