Saturday, May 23, 2009
As an antidote to the grey, foggy, and cold Memorial Day weekend in San Francisco where we probably won't see the sun for 72 hours, here are a few photos of the Patrick Dougherty sculptures in Civic Center on a sunny Thursday afternoon.
They are getting more enveloped with green every day, so of course they are being protested by San Francisco's metastatic Department of the Environment, via a professional consulting arborist with the Urban Forestry Council named Roy C. Leggitt III. (Click here for an article by Joshua Sabatini at the SF Examiner about the kerfluffle.)
Fortunately, Jill Manton at the San Francisco Art Commission wasn't buying it, and the artist chimed in with "haven't lost a tree yet" in the course of scores of outdoor sculptures he's created that involve living trees. Plus, if Mr. Leggitt had watched the sculptures go up in the middle of a two-week series of raging storms in February, he'd know that they were not risking the health of the sycamores in a high wind.
The loveliest part of living next to the tree houses is that they change their colors in every kind of light, and they are also being weathered by time and the elements. The new greenery feels like additional visual luxury.