CONWAY, AR- A chainsaw artist is transforming the trunk of a dying tree into a life-sized version of the University of Central Arkansas' mascot.
Artist Gary Keenan started the carving Monday and plans to be wrapped up by Thursday.
The tree had been hit by disease and staff were told by bilogists it wouldn't survive.
The school didn't want to chop the tree down.
It is a part of a living memorial line of trees in honor of UCA alumni who died in World War Two.
According to UCA Archivist Jimmy Bryant, 46 trees line the walkway on the campus, one for each student who died, including one woman.
In 2003, the college created a plaque to explain the trees' meaning and list the names of the fallen veterans.