BYU landmark Tree of Wisdom sculpture torn down to be replaced

Workers recently demolished a 20-ton BYU campus landmark, but the beloved and sometimes controversial Tree of Wisdom sculpture will return next year.

After 36 years of weather degradation and the wear and tear of students climbing on it and running through it, the sculpture outside the Spencer W. Kimball Tower will be replaced by a replica of the design. The replica will be built with stronger materials to outlast the effects of weathering and abuse.

"The art piece, being the first large abstract sculpture on campus, hopefully enhanced the student's process of seeing new things non-judgmentally and not discounting it as 'I don't understand it, so I see no value in it,'" said Frank Nackos, the artist who created the sculpture.

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