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Beili Liu collaborates on installation project THIRST

Associate Professor in Studio Art  Beili Liu, along with Emily Little and Norma Yancey (architecture), and Christy Ten Eyck and Cassie Bergstrom (landscape architecture) have been invited by Women & Their Work to collaborate on the project, THIRST, in 2013. The project is funded through a $50,000 Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation awarded to Women & Their Work. Envisioned as a large scale, site specific installation located on Lady Bird Lake, THIRST will memorialize the loss of the over 500 million trees that died in the drought of 2011.

THIRST will acknowledge the devastating impact that changes in weather patterns have had on Austin and also sound a call to action for conservation and sustainability. Aldo Leopold, the father of conservation ecology, said we must learn to “think like a mountain” when considering the balance of an ecosystem. THIRST will seek to help us learn to think like a drought.