"Hook 'em Horns" tree carving creates buzz


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on November 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 12:06 PM

AUSTIN -- A new sculpture in Northwest Austin is getting all kinds of attention. On Wednesday, homeowner and Longhorn fan Gabriel Trinidad watched as local chainsaw artist Doug Moreland turned what had been a dead tree into a work of art.

It’s a more than seven foot tall tree carving of a hand in the “Hook ‘em, Horns” gesture in a neighborhood off 183 and Oak Knoll Drive.

Moreland still has some work to do on the carving, but in such a short time it has already become a neighborhood sensation.

“A friend of mine stopped by from down the street, he's an Aggie, and he said 'you know, we almost want our tree to die, ‘cause I kind of want to have this on the other side,’” said Trinidad, making a thumbs up “gig ‘em” gesture.

College rivalry aside, Trinidad says he has even bigger plans for the hand that's stopping traffic.

“Lighting Inc. [Trinidad’s company] is going to put in some LED lights that I can control from my phone, so when the Horns win, it's going to be burnt orange," Trinidad said.

So, the next time there's a UT victory, watch for both the UT Tower and Trinidad’s tree to change colors.

To see the tree carving in person, here's a map to Trinidad's home:
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