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Graffiti taggers leave mark on popular La Conner tree

 

August 26, 2020

NOT THE HIGHEST OR BEST USE OF A TREE – The vandals who tagged this tree, whether local or out of town, lack respect for this oak, this community and the long human and natural history that nurture both. They have done a bad thing on North Sixth Street, at the end of the school campus and skate park. – Photo by Bill Reynolds

Appreciation for art is deeply rooted in La Conner, but spray-painted graffiti on a large tree near the skate park off North Sixth Street doesn’t make the cut.

Either with critics or the public at large.

La Conner residents were upset Sunday to find the north side of the thick, multi-branched oak – long admired for its colorful autumn leaves and collection of acorns at its base – tagged with several symbols and icons, the most notable being the 360 area code.

Many in La Conner consider it their favorite tree and are hopeful the paint can be removed without damaging its bark...



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