Library Mall tree killers

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Library Mall tree killers

Postby Beaver » Sat May 31, 2014 8:44 pm

For the library mall construction project, they cut down several beautiful, tall trees near Humanities and the Historical society. Why couldn't they keep them? What a shame.

Why does improvement require clearcutting the State Street-Library Mall?
http://www.thedailypage.com/madland/art ... icle=42845

"Warning: Do not bring lovers of The Lorax to the State Street-Library Mall right now. I stopped by there last week and felt like I was being punched in the gut, watching construction workers slice away at stately maples and flowering crabs. In full bloom. Destroyed."

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby fennel » Sat May 31, 2014 9:45 pm

Baron Haussmann Syndrome.

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby gozer » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:59 pm

i remember those trees fondly and it pisses off me they cut them down. they'd better start using that space for opium poppies!

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Beaver » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:49 pm

Scene of the crime: http://www.news.wisc.edu/22908

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby fennel » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:23 pm

And by the way, Beaver, one has to wonder about your motives here. Would it have been more acceptable if the trees were gnawed down rather than cut? And then maybe stacked around the State/Lake intersection to dam natural run-off?

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Beaver » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:52 pm

Ha. No I'm a tree hugging eco-Beaver. I only use dead and fallen trees.

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Team Badger » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:16 pm

Library mall definitely needs improvement and the full-blown construction needs to hurry up and finish, but I agree it is sad that we had to loose such lovely trees.

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby fennel » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:08 am

But all construction must last into November, of course.

By the way, It's really nice that one can now see Bascom hill from Lake street.

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby fennel » Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:00 pm

A maple leaf gesture of atonement?

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:43 pm

fennel wrote:A maple leaf gesture of atonement?


Public art in this town sucks.

By the way, they have planted a ton of new trees on the mall. Didn't happen till late so we'll have to see the "green" impact.

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:59 pm

Stebben84 wrote:Public art in this town sucks.

There are exceptions.

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Beaver » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:13 pm

Now we are losing the President’s Tree. Sad but it sounds like it has to go. Even Einstein can't figure out how to keep it.

300-year-old oak tree at UW-Madison to be felled
http://www.channel3000.com/news/300year ... d/30314534

"It’s known as the President’s Tree, an old burr oak named for its proximity to a building that once housed the university’s presidents. At 300 years old, it’s the oldest tree on campus...
“I do like to think about what this tree has witnessed over the last 300 years,” said Daniel Einstein, a historic and cultural manager with the Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture Department.

Throughout its life, burr oak has seen the history of campus unfold. It’s watched settlers come and go, and it saw scenes from the Civil War. Recently, it has also seen a decline. “We just don’t feel it’s safe any longer,” Einstein said. “Quite a bit of the interior trunk has decayed away. The top of the tree has already been severely pruned back to remove the dead branches. It's just time.”

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Madsci » Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:01 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
Stebben84 wrote:Public art in this town sucks.

There are exceptions.

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One of my favorites in Madison. It was a trip seeing for the first time on my bike commute home, back when I lived in Madison.

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:59 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:There are exceptions.


I do like those, but they were not commissioned or purchased by the city. That is private land and the owner purchased them. When I refer to public art, it's displayed on city property.

http://www.cityofmadison.com/MAC/public/collection.cfm

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Re: Library Mall tree killers

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:44 pm

Yes, I took a broader definition of public art and included art displayed on or near public streets or other public property. The bison on the Southwest bike path at Midvale, sculpted by a former teaching colleague Bill Grover, for another example.


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