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,Â temporarily on viewÂ onÂ Lady Bird Lake between the Lamar bridge and the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. The focus of theÂ display is a 38-foot cedar elm painted white (with eco-friendly paint)Â andÂ anchored above the water's surface.Â On nearby trails, 14,000 prayer flags--eachÂ marked withÂ theÂ stark silhouette of a bare tree--make a 2.5-mile loop from the pedestrian bridge to South First Street.
The outdoor display,Â created by localÂ 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 http://THIRSTart.org for more information.