Trinity River Project, Galveston Art Center, Texas,  2018


In collaboration with Larry Polk


The Trinity River Project, as an art exhibition, is moving downstream to the Galveston Art Center this month, and Sunday is Earth Day. It’s an opportune time to discuss the Trinity River as a complete ecosystem and its connection to sea-level rise. The river, often portrayed in city literature in abbreviated form and filled with blue water, is actually 710 miles long. The water is not really blue, and will never be blue, because it carries a heavy sediment load of sand, silt, and clay on its way to the sea. Once in coastal waters, the sediment plays an important function in an ancient and complex redistribution system. As one example, accretion of Trinity sediments contributed to the formation of Galveston Island some 6,000 years ago.

The Trinity River Project — a collaborative initiative that is part journalism, guided meditation, and art exhibition — launched in Dallas in 2016. The project will be one of three water-centric exhibitions to open at the Galveston Art Center on April 21. GAC director Dennis Nance says he began thinking of the shows as a trilogy soon after gallerist Liliana Bloch contacted him about bringing the Trinity River Project to Galveston.


Thanks to Liliana Bloch and Dennis Nance

Photos courtesy of Roxann Grover


For more information see Trinity River project at Lilianan Bloch Gallery, Dallas

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