After exercise class this morning, I went to REI to pick up the folding camp chair I had ordered online. It is lightweight and folds up to a very small size. I tried it out in the store to make sure it would work well for me. The seat doesn’t sag and it has good back support; so I’m happy with it. Another plus is that it was on sale and I received an additional $10 discount as an REI member.
After lunch I drove over to the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge to take a photo of "Thirst", a dead tree in Lady Bird Lake. The people at Taco Cabana were kind enough to allow me to park for a few minutes in their lot; they are across the street from the entrance to the pedestrian bridge. (http://www.thirstart.org/)
The display commemorates the 300 million trees that have died around Austin due to the severe drought of the last two years. The dying tree was taken from private property. It had been scheduled for removal and would have ended up in the landfill if it had not become a part of this project. Paint used for the tree and roots is DuraSoy Bio-Based Paint, a renewable resource material with recycled content. It contains no volatile organic compounds and is low odor, with no exempt solvents, and no hazardous ingredients. It has superior bonding, hiding and scrub resistance.
The project is sponsored by Women & Their Work, a visual and performing art organization located in Central Austin. It is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program. The installation will remain on view until December 16, 2013.
On the way back home I stopped at Schlotzsky’s to get my cinnamon "fix" and to take a photo of their cow sculpture. (www.TheHeavyHeads.com)