Sculptural bowl made from Toomer's oaks on display in Auburn

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - It's an Auburn tragedy that has been turned into a piece of art.

Matt Moulthrop, a third-generation Woodturner, followed the national news coverage about the Auburn Oaks at Toomer's Corner.

After learning they would not survive, Moulthrop and the University worked together to create a piece of art the Auburn Family could treasure forever.

"The wood was brought to me the day it was cut and I started that summer creating the rough wraps and we agreed on a one year time line to create the piece," explains Moulthrop.

One year later the bowl is in its new home at the Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn as part of an exhibit that features the work of Moulthrop, his father, and his grandfather.

"It was stressful in creating the work because there is a lot of history and I wanted to value that in the final sculpture. I incorporated things in the piece I wouldn't normally do. For instance, I have bark on both edges of the piece to allow the average Auburn fan to see the tree from the inside out," says Moulthrop.

This 36-inch bowl took at least 600 man hours to create and Moulthrop says he only got one shot to get it right.

The piece is made from a section of the oak tree on College Street.

"We'll make it a part of our permanent exhibition collection for a long while, hopefully through football season," explains Museum Director, Marilyn Laufer.

The arrival of the bowl has been many years in the making and the museum is excited to finally share it with the Auburn family.

"It's really about faith a redemption and all those good things in terms of us healing from a very deep wound," says Laufer, "So I'm just thrilled it's here."

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