Artwork soon leaving Civic Center trees 

Some of the sycamore trees in Civic Center Plaza will soon look more bare than usual.

The Upper Crust – the cocoon-like work of art that was installed atop the sycamore trees on the south side of the plaza a year ago – will be removed on Feb. 23, the Arts Commission said.

Artist Patrick Dougherty’s work, which he created with more than 4,500 pounds of willow saplings, has become a fixture of the plaza, the commission said. It has been “an important catalyst for changes … that have resulted in a more dynamic and enjoyable civic space,” said Luis Cancel, director of cultural affairs for the commission, in a statement.

“Since its installation…the sculpture has dramatically changed in appearance with the arrival of each new season,” the commission said.

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