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VC's Lifelong Learning participants tour Galveston sculptures

June 22, 2013 at 1:22 a.m.

Carole Wallace and Jennifer Houston stand  in front of "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?" This is a Japanese Yew, which only partially died, so the home owner decided to have this portion of the tree sculpted into hibiscus flowers, sea shells and sand dollars.

Artistic aftermath from Hurricane Ike in 2008 prompted 12 Victoria residents to visit Galveston last week as part of the Tree Sculpture Tour.

The 12, chaperoned by Destiny Olson, Lifelong Learning program specialist with Victoria College's Workforce & Continuing Education Department, were part of VC's Academy of Lifelong Learning designed for active seniors. Members from the tour group's age ranged from 55 to 81.

They took a self-guided tour of 21 sculptures created from trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Instead of removing the tree trunks, Galveston city officials allowed artists and sculptors to turn destruction into art. The sculptures were paid for by private residents.

Tour participant Joyce Raiman said she enjoyed visiting the sculptures and learning about them.

"My favorite sculpture was the Japanese Yew tree. It was partly alive and partly a sculpture," Raiman said. "It was fascinating to see how they took that tree and made it into a sculpture.

"There were seven pieces coming up that are all part of that sculpture."

For more information about VC's Academy of Lifelong Learning, contact Destiny Olson at 361-582-2426 or email Destiny.Olson@VictoriaCollege.edu.

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