SCA_photo5gardenNoguchi_oup_xlarge.jpg "Ailanthus is about survival, and grows where no other tree dares to grow, easy to hate, and just as easy to fall in love with." -Mitch Cope

It grew in a junkyard that was later turned into what is know the Noguchi Museum. The Noguchi Museum it dicated just to Isamu Noguchi's work. It is a building, just right across the street from Costco, it is brick walls and tringle building shape. Isamu Noguchi, will alive, used the present day muesum as a, ", warehouse and presentation space before it became a museum..." ( New York Time's article by: Glenn Collins). Still, with the lost of the 60-foot--tall Ailanthus altissima the museum's garden will never be the same. Why do I care about the tree? Well, while participated in the Learning to Look (L2L) Noguchi program, we made a series to the museum. (The Nouchi Museum does have connections with our school.) My favorite part of the museum was the garden. During the spring it looked so beautiful. It was so calm and peaceful. The Ailanthus altissima tree added to the experience of being in the garden. If you sat on the bench right under the tree, with its shadow covering you and you took the time to admire the beauty you felt at peace even with a chaotic environment around you. Now that the tree is gone, it is as you took out a piece of what added to the garden's beauty. Ms. Rychlack how has worked at the Noguchi Museum five years ago as an assistant reponded to the tree's removal, "and in a sense, the sculpture graden was designed around the tree." The Ailanthus altissima's are known for being able to regenerate from thier roots, and I hope that this one does. If the tree doesn't then the garden won't be the same.

Gloriana- I am going to be very straight foward with everyone. When reading this article, I really didn't feel a sense of sorrow for the tree or for anyone who was heart broken because it got cut down. The only reason why this is such a pitty is because the tree protected the sculpture from the heat. The Ailanthus is a perennial, which mean that the roots don't die. This tree will grow again, and keep on growing until it dies and so on. Even I feel my opinion is a little harsh, but this wasn't a really big deal to be put into the newspaper. I am interested in art and fascinated by the concept the tree was put there for, but could care less if it is cut down. They set the tone in the article to be so sad and depressed because the tree is dying, but later through the article refer to it as a "stink tree." Let's se if another article will show up in Times, with a picture of the tree growing again.

brinerr16: I agree with Gloriana. Maybe so many of our classmates feel like Americans are ignorant because they put articles about trees in the New York Times. As Gloriana also mentioned, this tree will grow again and though it was there for 75 years, it's going to revive. Is it really that important? It's funny to me that people wasted time actually interviewing people and taking so many pictures and writing an article about a tree being chopped down. Honestly, there are way more important things going on.

The above picture shows the tree (picture above, the one on the left) that was cut down yesterday that was a part of the Noguchi Museum Garden. It has been there for 75 years. It has been there since the time Isamu Noguchi(the artist who this museum belonged to and whose work is exhibited) first bought this property to build this museum. It is a special symbol of the musuem, it was the centerpiece. I really liked that tree because it provided shade in the summer and it made the garden look beautiful and inviting. Without it the garden will look bare. I hope it revives.

Ajg49: I'm a nature lover, so I feel bad for the tree, but was it so important that it had to go in the NY Times? It makes no sense. I hate when people cut down trees if they aren't dead or infested with pests. But there are trees cutdown every single day. Sabrina is right, there are more important issues to spend time on and put in the news. But I have to say, it's amazing to think that the tree lived through all those changes going on around it.

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arod06 - a good read. Sucks that after 75 they had to chop the tree down. I agree with peruvian1992 that the trees made the garden looking inviting and really nice. Just a wonderful view. Shame on them for cutting it down. :(