Straight in the heart of Austin on Lady Bird Lake stands a massive tree suspended above the water. Dead, ghostly white, and 35-feet tall, a humongous Cedar Elm tree serves as a memorial to all of the trees that have died in the recent drought. Surrounding the tree and hike and bike trail are thousands of white prayer flags, with a silhouette of the tree in the center, dedicated to honor over three hundred million trees that have died in the 2011 drought.
Women and Their Work have created a THIRST project to bring people’s awareness to the scarcity of water over the years. The tree is specifically placed over Lady Bird Lake because the Lake’s water level is always constant, and we tend to forget about the lack of water here. The tree’s roots are suspended a few feet from the water’s surface, symbolizing the fact that the water level has decreased over the years.
The THIRST Project does not only symbolize the water shortage, but is also to encourage discussion about the major problem and help bring people together as a community.