UF's walls are no longer quite so vine-covered

The sprawling carpet of creeping fig, which had taken decades to cover the expansive wall on the side of McCarty D, is shown as it tumbled down on Wednesday.

Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 9:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 9:51 p.m.

McCarty Hall D suffered a noteworthy loss shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“Someone actually came in and said, ‘The green wall has fallen,'” said Earl Sloan, an IT employee on the third floor of McCarty D.

“I'm amazed. It rolled down like a carpet,” said Sloan, “I'm glad nobody was standing under it when it went.”

The vine covering one of McCarty Hall's expansive walls came cascading down sometime after 1 p.m. but before 1:30 p.m., witnesses said. Talk around McCarty was that the recent cold snap may have weakened the sprawling carpet of green.

“It's like seeing a piece of history go away,” said Debby Royer.

Royer said she has worked at the University of Florida for more than two decades and is currently the executive secretary to Nayda Torres in the department of family, youth and community services.

“One of the beauties of the UF campus is the brick walls with ivy on them,” Royer said.

The green mass outside the building had a squirrel playing inside and on top of it around 5 p.m., with a few ladybugs flying nearby.

Brad Thompson, doctoral candidate for interdisciplinary ecology, recognized the vine as a creeping fig.

Nikki Wilson, office assistant for the district directors of the North East and Central District, voiced concern for the future of the ladybugs.

“The ladybugs are now misplaced. There were all kinds of ladybugs out there, so our guess is that they were staying in there for the winter.”

Orange tape and cones were set up around the green mass on Wednesday, keeping people away from immediate harm.

“It looks strange. It really does,” said Wilson.

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