A historic tree in Alvin, Texas, almost faced the axe after getting tangled in power lines, but one man came up with a creative solution to salvage the tree.
Joe Saladino, property owner of Joe’s Barbeque, couldn’t bear to see the 100-year-old tree cut down, and hired artist James Phillips to save the day.
Phillips, who has experience turning big old trees into works of art, dropped by with his trusty chainsaw and turned the towering cottonwood tree into a fancy totem pole-like piece of artwork, a sightly display board of the vertical sort worth looking at for all passing-by traffic on Highway 6.
“They last a lot longer than we do and many people,” Phillips said of the tree, per a May 21 report on ABC13. “If they stay in the same place for a long time, (they) grow accustomed to their trees and eat and meet under their trees,” said Phillips.
Residents are pleased the tree, which has very much been a part of the community, has been allowed to stay put by the roadside.
Alvin resident Charles McCauley said, “I’ve lived here in Alvin 80 years and I remember when this tree was small.”
Another resident, Louise Johnson, commented on Facebook: “That tree was there when I was a child I don’t remember it not being there now I’m 87 yrs young so glad it was saved like this hope it stays a long long time..thank you.”
“Really eye catching Awesomeness!!!!!!!!!” wrote Gayla Richardson.
As much as the century-old tree was a landmark beside Joe’s Barbeque before, today it stands tall and proud, topped with the establishment’s iconic bull head.
Now that’s a great idea for salvaging trees!
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