A motor vehicle incident involving a van and a car, resulted in the destruction of a hand carved piece of public art at the corner of 44th SW and SW Brandon on Wednesday morning.
No person was hurt in the incident that involved a van and a car. The van was eastbound on Brandon street SW that hit the car that was northbound, sending it into the sculpture.
The sculptures now around ten years old have drawn both attention and controversy from passersby and neighbors. They were created from elm trees that were invaded by Dutch Elm Beetles. The city demanded he take them down. But the owner John Schlick knew that the beetles live in the bark of the tree so, he cut the tops off and took off the bark, leaving bare but still tall stumps.
Schlick chose to have them carved into what the city has determined is public art.