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Sculpture artists turned the trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike into beautiful works of art.
Many years after Hurricane Ike, sculpture artists gave a second life to what Mother Nature was trying to destroy. Wonderful sculptures have replaced the majestic oak trees that once lined the streets and shady houses of many neighborhoods.
On September 13, 2008. Hurricane Ike covered most of Galveston Island in a tidal surge. The damaging combination of powerful winds and waves immediately uprooted many of the city's trees and ultimately led to the demise of thousands. Ike forced Galveston to say a sad goodbye to so many of its beautiful tree canopies, but where many saw dead trees and waste after the storm, a group of homeowners saw a chance to morph symbols of destruction into signs of rejuvenation.
Today, artists have breathed second life into something Mother Nature attempted to destroy. Whimsical tree sculptures have replaced the majestic Oaks that once lined many neighborhood streets and shaded homes. The sculptures - which can be found at homes throughout the island with a large portion concentrated in our East End Historical District - were paid for by private residents. The sculptures can be seen lucked into gardens and nestled inside yards for you to enjoy!
The Galveston Tree Sculptures Tour is a self-guided tour open to the public! You can enjoy the tour by walking. biking, riding or any other method you choose. Please be respectful of the yards and do not enter through gates without permission. Climbing on, sitting or hanging on the sculptures is not permitted.
The homeowners own a beautiful, gentle, grey Great Dane named Hunter. The tree had actually grown around the fence at the spot where the paws grip the fence.
The homeowners chose Cranes to mimic their tall
narrow house. They are seasonally dressed for many occasions.
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by Kristen Vale
by Visit Galveston
by Dr. Hal Needham
by Visit Galveston