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University of Florida to Remove ‘Bambooville’

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The University of Florida plans to remove a bamboo art structure behind Carr Hall, a designated conservation area, this week.

Jon Anderson, 67, who refers to his structure as “Bambooville,” was served on Monday by UF asking him to take down the bamboo and other decorations from the area.

The area in Bartram-Carr Woods includes different colored birdhouses, painted bamboo and a seating area.

UF Spokeswoman Janine Sikes said Anderson could apply to keep the structure, but he has chosen not to.

“If we allowed Jon Anderson to do it, then we would have to allow someone else,” Sikes said.

This is not the first bamboo structure Anderson has built in the Bartram-Carr Woods.

In 2012 his first bamboo creation was taken down by the university because it was in the same unauthorized area and they couldn’t find the owner.

Anderson said he is open to moving “Bambooville” to another location in Gainesville such as a park, but would rather start from scratch than transfer the structure.

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