AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Although the exact species of trees that will replace Auburn’s famed oaks has yet to be determined, the literal foundation for their survival is nearing completion at Toomer’s Corner. The future oaks – scheduled for planting in early 2015 – will grow in a high-tech environment that will maximize their chances of living many years.
Construction crews have installed a modular, underground structural system known as Silva Cells, which are designed to support large tree growth while reducing soil compaction and providing stormwater management. The project in Samford Park is the first in Alabama to use Silva Cell technology.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The exhibition “Matt Moulthrop: Auburn Oak, ” opening May 17 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, will feature a large woodturned bowl created from a portion of the famed Auburn Oaks.
The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 31 and will run concurrently with a retrospective of the entire Moulthrop family, “Heartwood: Woodturned Vessels by Matt, Philip and Ed Moulthrop.” Following the exhibitions’ closings, the Auburn Oak bowl will remain on view through 2015 as part of the museum’s growing permanent collection.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Growth rings from the base of Auburn University’s College Street live oak at Toomer’s Corner have revealed the tree’s age of 83-85 years old at the time they were removed April 23.
This week, two Auburn professors independently counted 81 growth rings in two directions from the center of the tree’s trunk.
“The center one-inch section of the trunk was split and not clearly delineated,” said Professor of Horticulture Gary Keever. “This growth most likely occurred over two to four years, making the trees 83-85 years old.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A portion of the recently removed Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner will be turned into a contemporary work of art for the Jule Collins Smith Museum by Matt Moulthrop, a third-generation wood turner. Moulthrop’s work has been displayed in museums throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
Moulthrop, an Atlanta resident, contacted the university after national media picked up the story about the poisoning of the Auburn Oaks. That resulted in the museum’s partnering with the artist to create artwork from Auburn Oaks wood that will be part of the museum’s permanent collection.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Artist Stephen Malkoff, named the “Tree Man” by Southern Living magazine for his detailed pencil renderings of famous trees, has created a one-of-a-kind image of the Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner.
A portion of each print sold will help fund student scholarships at Auburn University.
“Together we are preserving the memory of our historic oaks and providing a solid Auburn education to deserving students,” said Malkoff.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn fans will soon have a way to remember the oaks at Toomer’s Corner long after the trees are gone. To commemorate the tradition of rolling the oaks, the university will be working with several licensed manufacturers to create mementos from the trees’ wood following their removal later this month. All royalties collected from their sale will benefit Auburn students through a special scholarship fund.
“This is a very special way for the Auburn Family to remember one of our best-known traditions,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs. “Generations of our fans have gathered beneath the oaks over the years, and it is fitting that future generations of students will benefit from the scholarships they will provide.”