Published: Aug 10, 2011 10:50 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 10, 2011 10:56 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Downtown Fort Myers has a new landmark: an eagle tree.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Lee County leaders officially dedicated the tree and what a sight it is.

It stands about 50 feet tall and took only a week to actually carve.

Artist Marlin Miller volunteered his time to carve and transform the old oak tree into an eagle.

Marlin finished the project last month.  

Now, before being transformed, the oak tree was literally on the chopping block because it was rotting.   

Lee County Commissioners did cut some of it back as a safety precaution and there was talk they were going to get rid of it altogether, but then in April they agreed to have artist Miller carve it into the symbol of American freedom.  

One of the county employees involved in the project says an eagle is the perfect symbol to represent Downtown Fort Myers.