“But the key for us is that this will be on display in perpetuity at the White House.
We do feel proud, and we think Noguchi would feel proud as well.”Noguchi, who was born in Los Angeles and died in 1988, viewed the black patina and bronze piece, which was cast in two parts, as the intersection of a tree and the ground.
It reflects the qualities of both an implied root system and the canopy of a tree, Ms. Trump’s office said in a statement.
President Trump, unlike his predecessors, has at times declined to unequivocally condemn the internment camps that Noguchi spent time in.
Asked in 2015, before he was elected, whether he would have supported the internment of Japanese-Americans, he responded: “I certainly hate the concept of it.