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Vernon museum wants to move tree that cuts and slices unsuspecting patrons

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives would like a tree with metal leaves created for Vernon's Centennial removed from its foyer calling it hazardous.
December 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

VERNON - The tyranny of a historic tree will continue, at least for a little while longer.

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives submitted a letter to Vernon City Council at their regular meeting on Dec. 10. The letter requested the City remove a metallic tree that has injured several people over the years. Council sent the request back to the museum with a few suggestions.

In 1992, a metal tree was constructed to celebrate Vernon's Centennial. Individual "leaves" were sold so people could have their names engraved on the inorganic branches.

According to the letter written to council, the tree stood in an enclosure attached to the museum until 2005 when it was transferred to a planter inside the library entrance. In 2012, when the library building was converted into City Hall use, the metallic menace moved to the museum foyer.

The letter details how the tree has been a consistent hazard for staff and visitors. The leaves have sliced a cadet and a tourist. The tree is seen as so harmful that cleaning staff do not go near it for fear of being injured.

"It's a razorblade tree," said councillor Scott Anderson.

The letter asked council to remove the tree from the foyer. Council discussed destroying the tree entirely before deciding to tell the museum to speak with the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee, reasoning that the tree more appropriately falls under their jurisdiction. They also recommended that the museum could keep the leaves for historical purposes while destroying the tree body.

Until a decision is made, the tree remains in the foyer, a historic and hazardous icon.

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