The tree that hovered over Lady Bird Lake and the 14,000 prayer flags that looped for 2.5 miles between the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and the 1st Street Bridge comprised THIRST, a temporary art installation that was on view from September 29th until December 16th, 2013. THIRST encouraged an exchange of ideas about the impact that the scarcity of water continues to have on Austin, on Texas, and beyond. THIRST memorialized the loss of 300 million trees that died in the recent Texas droughts.

This project was supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg. THIRST was one of nine projects in the country to be selected by the New-York-based Foundation from a nationwide competition. This project was also supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Tree's Address: 1304 1/2 Riverside Drive, 78744

For information on how to participate in this project as a volunteer or donor, please visit the "donate" page.

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