Photographs at austin360.com show the process of painting a 35-foot dead cedar elm tree to be placed in Lady Bird Lake in Austin as part of Women & Their Work Gallery’s public art installation, THIRST. Pictured above: the root ball, which will be re-attached to the tree and appear to hover just over the surface of the lake. Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/Austin American-Statesman
The tree in Lady Bird Lake and the 14,000 prayer flags that will loop for 2.5 miles between the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and the 1st Street Bridge comprise THIRST, on view from September 28th until December 20th, 2013. THIRST encourages an exchange of ideas about the impact that a scarcity of water will have on Austin, on Texas, and beyond, as well as memorializes the loss of 300 million trees that died in Texas in the drought of 2011.
THIRST is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.
See more at http://thirstart.org