Georgia Tech honors the life and death of a 100-year-old tree
In September of 2018 Georgia Institute of Technology lost one of its oldest trees on campus, Big Al. This 106 ft. tall tree used its enormous canopy to provide students with shade and protection for over a century. Despite the efforts to save this willow oak, its failing health could not be reversed. However, students were determined to honor the legacy of this tree. An art exhibit was created to show the impact of Big Al and other trees in the greater Atlanta community.The display exhibited old photos of students enjoying picnics or reading under this giant willow oak. Students collected wood from the tree to make stools, benches, coasters, bookmarks and other wood resources. Although the exhibit is now closed, the memory of this Champion Oak will carry on forever.
to see the 13 new oaks planted in honor of Big Al.