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Campus' 'Bent Tree' Is Gone, No Question

July 25, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The "bent tree" that became a landmark at Clayton College and State University in suburban Atlanta has been felled by progress.

The 90-year-old loblolly pine, whose trunk resembled an inverted question mark, was cut down in sections to make way for a $16.6-million University Learning Center.

The tree had been a regular setting for yearbook photos and a featured stop on tours of the campus.

Before it was taken down, a plaster cast was made of the bottom 13 feet of the trunk, including the famous bend. A fiberglass statue will be created from the cast to stand in the glass atrium of the building.

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