Only a philistine would replace original artwork with 'a replica'.But,
this is BYU...
The original artwork is deteriorating. Do you suggest they just let that
continue? Their plan to build an exact replica will preserve the spirit of the
art work for many more years. That seems just the opposite of philistine
behavior. Thanks BYU for preserving the "Tree of Wisdom" in a wise
I finally know after 27 years the name of the sculpture! Thanks Deseret News!
I always thought it was a 3D "Y", but I admit I never stopped to climb
on it. Whatever it was, it was iconic. Perhaps through this process all have a
better understanding of it and what it represents.
I think it is a brilliant work. Glad to see it will be updated.What
needs to be taken down, and permanently, is the Kimball tower next to it, which
is an architectural monster jammed in what was supposed to be another of the
planned quadrants on campus. But like many other church buildings of the time
period when, as President Benson said "our minds were darkened because we
were neglecting the Book of Mormon" we have to now tolerate its bad
architecture, bad placement, bad visuals, and landscaping that can't compensate
for it.(Other minds-darkened period buildings include the church
administration building, the law school building, two temples (which thankfully
are now being redone, or one of them is and we can hope on the other) and the
most darkened-mind construction decision of them all: the gutting of the Logan
temple.)(And thankfully we repented and returned to the Book of
Mormon, and our architecture is now rather good and getting better - e.g.
conference center, City Creek, the new temples, etc.)
One of the photo captions says it deteriorated "do" to weather.
Really, copy desk? Are you sure you didn't mean "due"? This
sculpture meant a great deal to me after having a professor take my grad. school
cohort out to see it on our first day in the program. The symbolism was
explained to us and we were challenged to remember the lesson as we embarked on
the next 3 yrs. of school and our subsequent profession. I sure hope the
replica includes a display with the title and explanation for others since the
posts here indicate few were aware.
I agree that the sculpture should have some sort of nameplate. Here in Des
Moines, we have a city block full of sculptures that have nameplates. They have
a little explanation of the sculpture, what it represents, who sculpted it, in
what year, and has a phone number you can call to learn even more details about
the sculpture. Washington DC has a similar garden near the Smithsonian. The way
you treat and display art engenders the attitude and approach with which
observers of the art view and appreciate it. Putting a title on a piece of art
allows people unfamiliar with art and its interpretation to know that there's
something more to the piece than being a "cool-looking thingamabob" or
a "fancy doohickey."I have mixed feelings about it being
replaced with a replica instead of restoring the original. I understand that
making something last longer is complicated, but it is a bit brazen to rip it
down and put a different one in its place. True art shouldn't be treated that
way, and it's unfortunate that it had to be torn down.
It used to be known as the "Dallin H. Oak."
I love the SWKT--great views and a lot of cramped offices!