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Arbor Sapientiae

December's I Spy

by Sally Bjork

From the January, 2019 issue

"Quintessential Ann Arbor!" says A. J. Kydd of December's I Spy. It's "the cascading tower of books," say Silvia Ruiz. The "image features the top of the funkily shaped sculpture," writes Maggie Schmidt, "across from the Perry Building!"

"'Arbor Sapientiae' [a.k.a: Tree of Wisdom or Tree of Knowledge] rests toward the center of Hanover Square Park," writes Eric Sobocinski, "which oddly enough has been a triangle since about 1900," when Packard was extended through it. It's in "the oldest park in the city," says Amy Thomas. "By far the oldest ... having become a park ca. 1860," writes Susan Wineberg.

The sculpture was "constructed in 1979 by Ronald Bauer in response to a contest for an island that once divided State Street at Liberty," says Wineberg. It was "commissioned by the Arbor Tomorrow Project," writes Susan Nolan, "and was funded through a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts." "So much graffiti was painted on it," says Patricia Petiet, "that the city elected to remove it and place it at a little known 'corner park' at Packard and Division where it sits today untagged!"

We received thirty-three entries in December--and a fond reminiscence of the late Daryl Kooperman, who welded "Arbor Sapientiae" under Bauer's direction (see Calls & letters, p. 17). David Karl won our random drawing, and will enjoy his gift certificate at Arbor Farms.


To enter this month's contest, use the photo and clue on the Back Page of the January issue and the information at the bottom of the page to submit your answer.     (end of article)

[Originally published in January, 2019.]


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