Huge peach, scorned by some, is plucked from Atlanta skyline

AP News
Posted: May 19, 2016 3:11 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — To some, the metal tower supporting a giant peach atop an Atlanta building was about as popular as a freeway-snarling ice storm.

It was so unpopular that when it was removed recently, employees at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers building celebrated by drinking champagne.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the peach was erected in 1994, shortly before Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympic Games.

Max Mount Jr., the local IBEW president, tells WABE Radio that employees hated the ugly peach.

Mount said the peach tower belonged to an ad agency, which leased the space. He said that when that lease expired recently, the IBEW wasted no time in plucking it from its perch.

Mount tells WSB-TV that IBEW employees even celebrated its removal by drinking champagne.