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Tree Carvings Tour Group Photo

Group photo of our clients, alongside our tour guide on the Tree Carvings tour.

After the 1900 Hurricane storm Galvestonians got together to rebuild the Island. First, they built a Seawall, which is now known as the world’s largest Seawall. Upon completion of the massive structure they used German pumps and pipes to move sand from the port of Galveston to the Island. In doing so they hoped to raise the entire Island to the same level as the newly built Seawall.

When they raised the Island, there was a need to plant trees to prevent the soil from eroding. That’s when thousands of German Oak trees were planted all over the Island to help prevent erosion. During Hurricane Ike in 2008 we lost many of these trees because of the flooding. The homeowners were emotionally attached to these trees, and refused to cut them down. So it was decided that artists would be hired to do Tree Sculptures out of the dead Oak trees. Today, there are 22 of these sculptures scattered throughout the Island and some are still in the process of being made. Taking the Tree Sculptures Tour will allow you to view these unique pieces of art.

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