Originally published: October 21, 2016 12:33 pm
It was a majestic oak tree thought to be about 160 years old that graced the front grounds of the Leroy Collins Public Library. But it was diseased. And it was a danger to both pedestrians and property. Was removal the only option? Enter chainsaw artist John Birch. Local Routes followed the transformation of the stately old oak into an homage to reading, childhood and the human imagination.