Lonsdale business "plants" tree made of metal

3:18 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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A Knoxville company welcomed an unconventional "tree" to its garden on Friday.

Gerdau planted a 15 foot, one of a kind tree outside its steel mill in the Lonsdale community.   The tree is made from recycled scrap found in the company's scrap yard.

Local artists transformed the pieces into a massive work of art.

Gerdau collects scrap metal and melts it down to be re-purposed.
Company leaders say the art is a unique way to display the plant's focus.

"You know, as you drive into the plant here, you'll see that this raw material and scrap is our business. And so it's neat to come into a plant, you'll see it represents what we do, it represents our business, and it's also art, which makes the plant look better, makes the plant look interesting. And again, it represents our livelihood here," said Johnny Miller, Vice-President & General Manager of Gerdau.

The plant allows the artists to come in and select scrap metal each year as part of National Recycling Month and the Dogwood Arts Festival.

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