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Steel tree marks college birthday

Steel tree sculpture
The sculpture has cost 120,000

A unique sculpture is being unveiled in Oxford to mark the anniversary of one of the university's colleges.

To celebrate 550 years Magdalen College asked Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger to create a work of art.

He came up with a giant tree made of steel, which stands 33ft (10m) high and wide with foundations that go as far into the ground.

The tree is open to the public and stands at the back of the college grounds in a field of willow trees.

Mr Wallinger won last year's Turner Prize for his recreation of an anti-war protest.

The sculpture cost 120,000 and the president of Magdalen College, Professor David Clary, said he thinks it was money well spent.

"The design reflects the architecture of the college, and visitors will be struck by how the tree fits in with its surrounding," he said.

"Part of the idea was to put the sculpture right at the end of the garden because most people don't walk that far."

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