Tree Sculpture Tour Galveston Reviews
Beauty from Devastation Jul 22, 2010
Beauty can follow destruction. On September 13, 2008, Galveston, Texas was battered by Hurricane Ike. Among the storm's casualties were roughly 40,000 trees that were uprooted by the storm surge, as waves and wind pounded the island. The salt water ultimately killed many historical trees, leaving areas of Galveston Island almost barren.
City planners want to keep visitors coming and came up with an unusual plan to renovate this loss. Artists were given the task of carving tree stumps into creative statues and the results include a geisha, the Tin Man, pelicans, herons and a squirrel, as some examples. Over 20 tree stumps were sculpted across the island, to help with historic Galveston's rebirth.
I visited the trees over the weekend and a steady stream of tourists were driving along Galveston's streets (particularly in the Strand area), looking for these works of art. These trees are beautifully designed, delicately carved and located mainly in private yards or gardens. Some of the owners are very friendly as one house had a sign on the gate that visitors with cameras were welcome to take photos, just be sure to close the garden gate when leaving.
The detail work in these carvings is incredible. I especially liked the squirrel and the Tin Man and watching the smiles of other visitors was a nice treat after the devastation Galveston endured in 2008.
Some of the businesses and homes had blue flags in their windows advertising the city's rebirth.
Galveston Island is slowly rebuilding and the tree sculpture tour is a creative reminder of the good that can come from a tragedy. These artists have created original works of art which will last for years to come.
If you are in the Houston Gulf Coast area, a drive to see the trees of Galveston is well worth the visit. This artwork is unique.
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