A message about the Texas drought is now front-and-center in the Capital City.
Three-hundred million trees have died under the current drought, and that number is expected to grow. To symbolize the lost trees, Women and their Work gallery launched the THIRST project. Along the trail of Lady Bird Lake are white flags with trees inked in black.
But that’s not all—a 38-feet-tall cedar elm is now poised in the middle of Lady Bird Lake. The tree is painted white and will light up in the evening hours.
“How can we speak most effectively thorough people? It’s through art,” Women and their Work Executive Director Chris Cowden said. “I think people have heard so many numbers thrown at them and they read, but I think when they see, it affects them in a different way, and that’s what we are hoping to achieve.”
To kick off the THIRST project, the tree will be illuminated Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to gather at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge near Lamar for the lighting.
You can see the display through Dec. 20. Click here for more information.