While most eyes were on the water in Lake Lag—which reached a depth of 14 feet by mid-January (photos below)—Mother Nature was working on an art installation across campus. Just off Museum Way, to the east of Palm Drive, was a new, temporary lagoon. Historic storms early in the new year flooded the grounds—typically adorned with dry, gold grasses and scattered shrubs—and then abated just long enough for the evening sun to work its magic.
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