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.
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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