Monday, August 29, 2016

Nature, Interrupted

There's an oak tree sculpture I've passed hundreds of times and it's been awhile since I've really looked at it.  I found some very interesting information in the Eagle's Voice about this proud old oak.
It used to be the oldest oak tree in Dane County and possibly the second oldest in the state. Workers cut its roots when building an apartment complex when they didn't have to and the lawsuit (yes of course there was) resulted in this fascinating work of art.
Artist Alberto Chavez carved a tale of nature interrupted and man's ability to disturb creatures on the ground, air and water by a single touch. The man touched the snake which spooked the bear which scared the woman which agitated the eagle which freaked the otters.
Better than my description of the "Naked lady tree with a wolf, an eagle and some kind of dog."
I'll be taking a closer look in the next few weeks.


Otter to the left, Eagle to the right with a bit of the Naked Lady off the side





27 comments:

  1. An apartment complex, oh goody! Be a tree hugger as I am this is a shame. Thanks for pairing this foto and tune. I hope that you hurry on back.

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    1. Especially when they only had to move 50 feet to avoid killing a majestic oak, Tom.

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  2. Had to look again where the naked lady was, but I found her:) This post is so much like you:) Many thanks for sharing your experiences with SEASONS! Have fun this week, blog friend!

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    1. She's the first thing you see looking straight on like the shot in my previous post but wanted to take a look at that eagle in this one. Happy end of August to you, J.

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  3. It is just lovely. We need a few sculptures like this in Sydney, Australia right now. There is an almighty row about dozens of 100 year old Moreton Bay Figs being cut down to make way for a new tram route.

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    1. That's a pretty sad thing but cable cars are a cool mode of transportation. The tree sculpture is great but it is the result of laziness and stupidity, Lyn. Yet also the result of caring and talent and checks and balances. I wish your city and its fig trees the best.

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  4. What a marvelous imagination you have! I'd never have "seen" this until you pointed it out to me!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/08/purple-passion.html

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    1. I wish it were the product of my feeble brain, Sue, but the artist who carved it is named Alberto Chavez and he and his wife talked about the tree sculpture to a reporter for the Eagle's Voice. I'll be looking for other carvings in this tree I've yet to find.

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  5. That's quite an interesting back story to the sad demise of the tree. Very imaginative piece of art.

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    1. It's funny I had seen an article from one of the local papers about it when I first moved here and could only find the one from the Eagle's Voice book when I looked a few days ago. It's great and interesting. Someone should do another piece on it, betty.

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  6. That is amazing. Very cool piece of art.

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    1. It's a pretty cool thing to be born of greed and sloth, Tamar.

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  7. An interesting picture!
    I have never seen this kind of wood, great to see.

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    1. I hope to have more shots I like this week, Liplatus. It was a very old oak rescued by a very talented artist.

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  8. So sorry about your cat, Jeanna! I heard that cats like to come back at their last home, so who knows, hope it will appear on your doorstep again:)

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    1. Oh he just finally went back with his daddy, my cousin. I miss him a lot though, J.

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    1. This sculpture is an endless source of amazement, Leanne.

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  10. Sometimes people climb trees to try and save them when they know they're going to be cut. Other times, there's no notice and somebody just goes and does it. I've heard that cutting a large coast line native tree such as a Pohutakawa in New Zealand can fetch a $20000 fine. That usually keeps the trees safe.

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    1. That's 20K? Whew I'd think one wud think twice about taking a lazy short cut for that price. Does make me wonder how much the artist got paid for his work.

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  11. Curioso árbol y curiosa la historia...una pena que los corten..
    Saludos

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    1. It is a shame they had to cut the roots and kill the tree, Raquel, but this art is a beautiful reminder of the folly and redemption of man. Too deep? (:

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  12. Although it's a shame, at least something beautiful has become of it. We have a local man who carved marvelous pieces from dead trees.

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  13. This tree now has an interesting (thought sad) story!

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  14. Interesting tree, I can see the naked lady and even the eagle. Visiting from Outdoor Wednesday

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  15. Sad about the tree but at least something unique came from it

    Mollyxxx

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  16. Why do people destroy nature that is so important to the place where it grew? Great story though. Thank you for sharing.

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