The famed tree from classic film The Shawshank Redemption has fallen down, according to reports.
The oak tree was located in Lucas, Ohio and featured in a prominent scene at the end of the 1994 movie, which starred Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. In the film, the character Red (Freeman) travels to the tree to find a note from Andy Dufresne (Robbins) instructing to meet him in Mexico, where they are later reunited.
In the movie, Robbins’ character describes the area as being “like something out of a Robert Frost poem.”
The New York Times reports that the tree was knocked over by heavy winds last Friday (July 22).
Reports suggest that the tree, which has become a prominent tourist attraction in the area, has been rotting since 2011.
“The tree symbolises hope” to its visitors, said Jodie Snavely, an official with the Mansfield/Richland Convention and Visitors Bureau. “When they can actually come and see that, it’s very touching to them, and it means a lot to them.”
See photos of the fallen tree below.
Watch the tree scene from the film beneath.