Regarding "Mellon Square Sculpture Gets New Home in Oakland" (Aug. 31): This article about the relocation of the "Forest Devil" sculpture to the Carnegie was disturbing. Reading about the loss of the four copper beech trees and subsequent invalidation of them by the museum spokesman was even more disturbing, if not unconscionable.
Perhaps he has never visited any botanical gardens or arboreta in Europe where there are 300-year-old specimens of copper beeches. Fortunately, he is not the facilities director there!
As a seasoned horticulturist and garden and landscape designer, I am saddened by this grave injustice and mindset. I work closely with a tree company that employs only arborists who have forestry degrees and who are highly skilled at "rescuing" and treating diseased tree specimens.
Clearly these trees were a sculpture -- by the mere fact of their size, age, branching structure and unique beauty and grace! What better place to showcase said "living sculptures"? Unfortunately, many of us will be long gone (dead) by the time the new trees (if new ones are planted) grow up and become "sculptures."
The museum receives two thumbs down for this debacle.