Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SHSU Botanical Study-Art Complex

  SHSU Art Program and Art Department location has gone through many changes over the years.

Outdoor Pizza Oven used for Department special events

 This Blue Agave cactus plant was a transplant from one of the pups of a propagated cacti of Department Slide Librarian, Debra Harper.  She originally planted some of these cactus, in 2005, in a bed outside where she offices in the Lecture Hall, Building E.  Later the Grounds Crew wanted to create a Xeriscape bed outside the Art Department Office and 3G Gallery, and planted more in the front beds.

Student Art Association Billboard across from this site is this unusual site, a male and female (berry producing side) tree has intertwined their trunks.

Student 's art project hanging from an unusual Yaupon tree.  It appears that the male and female roots of two trees grew close together and this is the result. 
Another common plant found in Texas is growing around corner is a Lantana bush. Another common plant found in Texas which  attracts butterflies and hummingbirds with its' colorful blooms beginning in the Spring through until a Fall freeze.


Art Found Surrounding the  Complex
The Tree in the background is a Pecan. 
 In the 1980's the site was cleared. 
The Canterbury House once stood where Art Building D and the sitting area is currently located.  This particular house was built for Harry F. Estill as a retirement home, and remained in the family until 1979.  The last use of the home was as the Episcopal Student Center.
Behind Art Building B where Ceramic and Printmaking classes are held, and the SOFA Gallery is located an unusual plant can be found, a Hercules Club.  It is also known as a Toothache Tree or Tickle Tongue Tree because of the numbing sensation it leaves in the mouth.  It has medicinal properties to relieve the pain of teething.

Until Next Time.




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