Thursday, October 1, 2009

Galveston Island's Dead Oaks Transformed Into Art

This proud Dalmatian sits in front of Galveston's central fire station -- in tribute to both the city's firefighters and the island's lost oaks. Thousand and thousands of grand old oaks died when Hurricane Ike pushed salt water inland just over a year ago. Retired photojournalist Carlos Antonio Rios shot these images, which give us a glimpse as to how the island's Tree Committee is nurturing a sense of optimism during a difficult time.  As you can imagine, cutting down the trees has proven both difficult and controversial.  Area  artist Jim Phillips did the expert sculpting shown here.  Some residents are so taken with the creative and sentimental artwork that many are considering commissioning similar pieces for their front yards, where their own oaks once stood.  Carlos, who is also a member of the Tree Committee, is a dear friend, and I appreciate him sharing some of his photographs.  




12 Responses to “Galveston Island's Dead Oaks Transformed Into Art”

It's sad that so many oaks died..., but the sculpture is amazing! And it would be so neat to see more of the trees come to life (again) like that.

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Carlos is a talent and a true HERO, in more ways than one... God bless you all...

Linda in AZ *

Jenniferina said...

What a legacy. I like to think of future generations admiring the sculptures under "new" grand old oaks...

So sad ...and yet beautiful!

Poignant post! Thanks for that!

Wouldn't that be something? If these sculptures started popping up all around town. Beautiful and charming but with a tinge of sadness for what brought them about. Keep us posted.

Wow..... talk about making lemonade out of lemons. I hate that the trees died but I love folk art. I hope the rest of the pieces are as good as this dog!

Tootsie said...

this is just so wonderful that they didn't go to waste!

Long time no see... missed you! I love the dog, wonderful ideal. So what have you been up to? Me, I am laying hard wood floors in my own home and everything is a mess...My elbow hurts, honey is laying them and I am finishing them. It is so hard! Thanks for visiting and don't stay away so long!

Lauren said...

wow that's just so amazing. love the pup & how special he really is. such a sad thing...

hope all's going well with you!!!
xoxo,
lauren

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