Internationally known sculptor John Chamberlain has turned lobbyist to save four 150-year-old trees blocking a paving project in his home town of Sarasota, Fla. The three massive live oaks and a long leaf pine line an alley between Chamberlain's home and his studio.

The alley is actually a 15-foot depression that fills with water when it rains and the city wants to dig a trench, bury a 15-inch storm pipe that will drain the area into Sarasota Bay and pave the alley, right up to the trunks of the old trees.Chamberlain, whose metal sculpture is featured in most of the country's major museums, is lobbying political leaders to stop the project.