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Couple with dying oak in their yard decide to turn it into The Lorax

A timely reminder about environmental conservation.
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Because sometimes when you have a dying tree on your property, you just have to turn it into a Dr. Seuss character.

That was the view of south Minneapolis homeowners Beth Goodpaster and Richard Duncan, who commissioned local chainsaw artist Curtis Ingvoldstad to transform a dying red oak into The Lorax.

The sculptor shared pictures of his creation on his Facebook page, and it's apparently being attracting plenty of attention from those wandering the Tangletown neighborhood around Minnehaha Creek.

Speaking to City Pages, Goodpaster said people have been stopping to take pictures as they pass their house, and some even have been shouting compliments as they drive by in their cars.

"It’s bringing some joy, so we are happy about that," Goodpaster says.

The sculpture features the inscription "Unless...," a pointed and timely message from Dr. Seuss' environmentally-conscious book.

After his Truffula tree – and all those around it – are cut down and used to build polluting factories by the Once-Ler, the Lorax is lifted in the air, leaving behind a small monument engraved with "UNLESS."

The Once-ler eventually realizes the Lorax's message telling him to replace what he had destroyed: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not."

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