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Thirst Art Sculpture- Dead Tree Hovering Over Lady Bird Lake in Austin

Yesterday, I went on a Segway tour of Austin. It was a lot of fun. We toured Downtown, the Capitol, and the UT Campus. I'll post those pictures in a different blog post. This is about the temporary art sculpture that is hovering over Lady Bird Lake, Thirst.

Thirst is a dead tree. In the past 4 years in our current drought here in Austin, over 40,000 trees have died. This tree represents them. It is a real dead tree that was painted white for effect. It hovers over the water between the Pfluger Pedestrian and Lamar Bridges. Around a 2 1/2 mile area, you will also see 14,000 prayer flags praying for rain.

Thirst over Lady Bird Lake Austin TX

Lady Bird Lake is a constant level lake as the water is dammed up on either end for that section of the Colorado River, so people in the heart of Austin don't really see the effects of the drought. This Thirst is a reminder of what's going on around them, like out at Lake Travis is that only about 35% full right now. The "Sometimes Islands" have become permanent islands over the past couple of years. We're hoping for them to cover back up with water.

Thirst is only on display until December 20, 2013, so come on out and take a look. Remind yourself to conserve water. Does your car really need to be washed? Do you really need lush landscaping of water guzzling plants? Let's do our part to help save some of these trees.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Harris • October 25 2013 07:17AM

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That's a pretty stunning piece there Donna.  As beautiful as it is, it's a sad reminder too.  Thanks for sharing.   

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 3 years ago

What a neat looking picture.  Almost looks like the tree is suspended in mid air.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTORĀ®, Broker over 3 years ago

That's the coolest thing. I saw it when I was there last. Love it!

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) over 3 years ago

Jared, Yes, it is sad. We need so much rain!

Richard, It is suspended, with an underwater mechanism...

Brad, Thanks!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin (Donna Homes, PLR) over 3 years ago

Donna- I did not realize that Austin was going through a drought.  I like the idea of the painted dead tree to remind the community of the need for water around them. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

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Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

Hi Kathy, Yes, the drought is bad. My in-laws live in a water-front home and there hasn't been water for over 2 years... Their boat just sits in the yard. The dock is sitting on rocks and grass. Most ramps to Lake Travis are closed, and you can only get to Lake Austin as it's constant level. Pretty bad situation out here. Oh, and they've stopped releasing water for the rice farmers, so they're suffering too.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin (Donna Homes, PLR) over 3 years ago

Hi Donna - I didn't think of Austin as suffering from a drought.  My daughter lives in West Texas and I know they have been bone dry there for a long time and it's hard to have anything green in her yard.  I guess your whole state has had a tough time wiht the lack of rain.

 

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 3 years ago

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