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Ike-Damaged Trees Become Art

Some trees that died after Hurricane Ike swamped parts of Galveston are getting new lives as artistic carvings.
/ Source: Click2Houston.com

Some trees that died after Hurricane Ike swamped parts of Galveston are getting new lives as artistic carvings.

Members of a citizen-led tree committee hope dozens of sculptures, crafted from saltwater-devastated trees, will grace the coastal city.

Galveston is attempting to salvage beauty from the destruction of about 40,000 trees related to the Sept. 13, 2008, storm.

Committee member Donna Leibbert says dozens of Galveston residents are seeking to have trees on their private property turned into sculptures.

The Houston Chronicle reports only six dead trees on city property are so far scheduled to be transformed into art.

Artist Jim Phillips of Clear Lake donated his labor and carved a Dalmatian, a firefighting-known mascot, that was placed outside a Galveston fire station. A donor paid the cost of equipment rental.