SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) — Soon it will tower skyward no more.
But a Cape Cod museum has plans to repurpose a 120-foot tall European beech tree that is on its grounds.
Heritage Museums and Gardens says the tree that officials believe was more than 250 years old has died, but that it will live on through a sculpture and other uses.
Officials plan to remove the beech tree in 2013 before starting an operation to recycle its wood.
An artist will carve a 20-foot section of trunk into a garden sculpture.
Some wood will go to a nature center to be turned into a wooden train.
Among other uses, wood chips also will be spread on Heritage’s walking paths and trails, and branches will be split and sold for firewood.