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Art branches out on Austin's Lady Bird Lake

Written by , published October 1, 2013


If you visit downtown Austin this fall, you might wonder "why is there a big, white tree hovering over the water?"


The tree is part of a public art installation called THIRST, temporarily on view on Lady Bird Lake between the Lamar bridge and the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. The focus of the display is a 38-foot cedar elm painted white (with eco-friendly paint) and anchored above the water's surface. On nearby trails, 14,000 prayer flags--each marked with the stark silhouette of a bare tree--make a 2.5-mile loop from the pedestrian bridge to South First Street.

The outdoor display, created by local arts group Women & Their Work, is intended to memorialize the loss of more than 300 million trees estimated to have died in the recent Texas drought, and make a statement about the importance of water and conservation for sustaining life.

The exhibit is on display through Dec. 20--visit for more information.

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