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This sculpture located at 1228 Sealy (facing 13th Street) is entitled "Great Dane," by artist Dayle Lewis. The homeowners own a beautiful, gentle, grey Great Dane, named Hunter. The tree had actually grown around the fence at the spot where the paws grip the fence. This sculpture sustained the only vandalism that we are aware of. Just after it was finished, someone stole one of the paws. The homeowner offered a reward...$50.00 for the return of the paw; $500.00 for the hands of the thief! The sculptor, who was still on the Island, carved and installed a new paw.

On September 13th, 2008, Hurricane Ike covered most of the Island in a tidal surge. The damaging combination of powerful wind and waves immediately uprooted many trees, but ultimately the salty storm waters led to the demise of the thousands of others. Ike forced Galveston to say a sad goodbye to so much of its beautiful tree canopy.

Years later, sculpture artists have breathed second life into something Mother Nature attempted to destroy. Whimsical sculptures have replaced the majestic oaks that once lined many neighborhood streets and shaded homes. Tucked into gardens and nestled in side yards the sculptures are there for the public to enjoy.

Stop by the Galveston Visitors Center located at Ashton Villa for a complimentary Tree Sculptures brochure for a map of all of the sculptures, or click here to download.