A tree that was once a symbol of innocence, happiness, and nature has now become a symbol for the greed of a greedy, wealthy industrialist.
Edgard Hopper, the famed Belgian artist, painted this tree in 1887, in the early days of the Industrial Revolution.
His painting depicts the tree’s new appearance.
Now, this tree is a symbol used to illustrate the greed, hubris, and greed of industrialists and industrial corporations.
The tree was sold at auction in the United States in 2017.
According to the auction house, Hopper received a profit of about $5 million.
The tree was valued at $1,500,000 at the time.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider UK.