Friday, May 22, 2009

Tree damaged in wake of NCAA championship could end up as art to honor sports achievements; Chapel Hill, NC

Tree Stump Could Become Tar Heel Trophy - Orange County -
Credit: AP Online Caption
By Town of Chapel Hill, Press Release, 3 days, 3 hours ago
Updated: May. 19 2:36 pm CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
The tree stump that could stands at the intersection of Columbia and Franklin. It could become 'The Championship Tree' if Dwight Bassett has his way.
The tree was damaged during the street celebration that ensued after the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels Men's Basketball Team won the NCAA Championship. The tree canopy had to be cut off, leaving a remaining seven-foot stump. The tree was originally an 11-foot Green Ash that had been recommended for removal by Bartlett Tree Experts, arborists hired by the Town to inventory downtown trees in 2007.
During a site inspection of the street the following morning, Mayor Kevin Foy had an idea. Why not make art from the remaining stump?

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