Last week I went on a day cation with some friends to Galveston. My friend Ev was eager to show me something she had discovered there but she wouldn't tell me what it was. Well we ended up on East Beach in front of a fantastic sculpture made entirely out of a tree.
The Tin Man is one of the Lost Oaks of Galveston. You may recall that Hurricane Ike scored a direct hit on Galveston on September 13, 2008. Although Hurricane Ike caused widespread financial catastrophe, the only lasting physical effects of Ike were the loss of thousands of oak trees. Before the storm, huge oaks lined the streets of the East End Historical District, making a great canopy to shade the residents as they dodged the Texas sun. Ike changed that. In typical Galveston fashion, the residents of the neighborhood turned lemons into lemonade by turning dead trees into art. Most of the sculptures are on private property but the owners don't mind if you look at them. They are very proud of their yard art.
If you ever get a chance to go to Galveston Island I recommend you check out the Lost Oaks! They rock!
Labels: day cation, Galveston, my artwork