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THIRST is a collaborative site-specific Public Art Project on the Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas.THIRST is presented by Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, Texas and on view from September 28th to December 16th, 2013.
THIRST is a collaboration between W&TW, Beili Liu (lead visual artist), Norma Yancey and Emily Little (architects) and Cassie Bergstrom (landscape architect). The installation speaks to the 300 million trees lost in the recent Texas drought. Sited on Lady Bird Johnson Lake that is the physical and spiritual heart of Austin, Thirst manifests the urgency and severity of the water crisis.
THIRST: The Prayer Flag Installation
14,000 white cotton flags, each printed with an iconic image of a drought-killed tree surround a 2.5 mile loop around the Lady Bird Lake. A central radiating composition is seen on the left at the Pfluger Circle, noting where the begining and the ending point of the loop merge.
The Prayer Flag Installation borrows from the physical form and cultural and spiritual reference of Tibetan prayer flags, which are often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside, people and their lives. The color white also signifies water in Tibetan prayer flag tradition.