Galveston Tree Sculptures!

Apologies for the lack of posting over the last week or so! Although it would appear as though it were due to exhaustion from my nature photography challenge (no way!), I actually headed to the coastal city of Galveston, Texas, where I not only got to attend the Texas Art Education Association’s annual conference, celebrating its 50 year existence, but I also had the chance to explore the town and do a little bit of hiking at Galveston Island State Park. For the next week or so, I’ll probably post little gems that I ran across during this adventure. For tonight, however, I’d like to tell you a little about the Galveston Tree Sculptures that I was able to check out while I was there. After Hurricane Ike hit in 2008, uprooting thousands of trees and destroying much of the city, three local artists decided to breath a second life into some of the destruction. Since the project began, months after the disaster, many locals from the area have carved their own tree trunks, or prepared the remains of their trees for an artist to carve. While the artists often get their inspiration from the shape of the tree itself, they often collaborate with families on the design of the tree. Below are a few pictures I took from inside the bus (apologies for the poor quality!). If you’d like to see some better shots of the sculptures and read more about the project, click here.  Such a cool example of artists at work in the community!

Enjoy checking out the tree sculptures!

Have a wonderful Sunday evening!

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