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.