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Up In Arms | 2003
In opposition to the United States' 2003 Spring invasion of Iraq, cities around the globe erupted in protest of war. Demonstrators flooded the streets of San Francisco. I stood below them as they climbed into the arms of dormant pollarded English sycamore trees flanking City Hall.
In the 1960's landscape architect Thomas Dolliver Church designed the plaza that sits between City Hall, the Supreme Court of California, the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Public Library and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
An allée of roughly 180 trees, arranged in six regimented rows, have grown there throughout the Vietnam War, the invasion of the Dominican Republic, the Bay of Pigs, the invasion of Grenada, the Iran-Iraq War, the invasion of Panama, the Persian Gulf War, the Somali Civil War, the Bosnian War, the bombing of Afghanistan and Sudan, the Kosovo War, the invasion of Iraq and numerous other operations since.
- Kate Joyce 2013