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“Library Tree Fort”

Published July 21, 2020

At the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library visitors are met by John Birch’s whimsical “Library Tree Fort” (2016).  Did you know that for more than 25 years, Tallahassee has been named a ‘Tree City USA’ community by the Arbor Day Foundation? When a 160 year-old live oak at the downtown public library was deemed unhealthy and unsafe, officials hired local chainsaw artist John Birch to re-envision the landmark as a monumental tribute to trees and reading.  The library is open from 10:00 to 6:00 for curbside book pick-up, and “Library Tree Fort” inspires at all hours of the day.

From an old tree, a sculpture of a tree house with three children playing emerges.