Education: Whatnot at Harvard

Harvard has a new tree, sans root, fruit or leaf. Overnight it sprang to its full height of 27 feet in the new graduate-center quadrangle. Walter Gropius, famed professor in Harvard's department of architecture, designed the center and commissioned the tree from Richard Lippold, a Manhattan sculptor. Constructed of steel rods, it is intended to represent nothing less than "the world."

The tree moved one alumnus to send a bit of protesting doggerel to the Harvard Crimson:

I think that I shall never see A poem weird as a world tree A tree to brighten every meal With fragrant boughs of stainless

steel ....

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