Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Morning in the Garden

Before leaving Austin Friday, I spent much of the morning at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden at 605 Robert E. Lee Road (west of downtown on Barton Springs Road, just east of Zilker Park.) It was a bit of an unexpected pleasure, as I learned about it through street signs on my way to see Zilker Park. And since I love sculpture and gardens, I couldn't seem to stop my car from turning.

More than 130 pieces of Charles Umlauf's works are on display in the museum and sculpture garden. He has a distinct style, but I'll let you read more about the artist at The Umlauf Sculpture Gardens.

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War Mother (1939)

Many of his works are religious in nature -- angels, Christ, the Holy Family. Others center on the human family -- mother, father, child. And there are figures of all types, from children to reclining nudes and a whimsical area devoted to sculptures of animals.

The garden is extremely shaded by tall trees, but the landscaping is not lush -- it's a xeriscape garden. However, a waterfall forms a small creek which flows to a pond covered in water lilies. Two small bridges cross the water and offer refreshing views of the falling water and the artwork which fills the garden.

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Mother and child (1950)

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Bambino su Cuscino

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Come Unto Me (1976)
This was the scale model for the central panel over the entrance doors to Christ Episcopal Church, San Antonio. The full-sized panel is 13 feet high by 9 feet wide, or four times as large as this piece. This was set slightly off the path with a few stone steps inviting visitors to a bit of a symbolic pilgrimage.

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Crucifixion (1946)

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The Kiss (1970)
This work stands at the edge of the lily pond where it can be seen from many perspectives. A visitor feels like an intruder.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHope for the Future (or Abilene Family) 1984

This is a scale model of a work that was commissioned by an Abilene bank, which was later moved to the campus of Abilene Christian University.

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The Family (1960)

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And one photo of live people -- a mother and two young children visiting the garden. They ended their visit by spending a little time blowing bubbles among the trees and statues. It was rather hot, so I hope this playing helped them cool off a little.


Erudite Redneck said...

Wow! Awesome art. Especially awesome for public art. Austin rocks.

The Girl said...

Wow. Simply wow! I love all of them.

I love seeing your photos, Trixie. :)

Mark said...

I wasn't trying to be cute by not leaving a comment. Just didn't know what to say. I like the statues of the baby and the kiss best, tho.

Cherrymary said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous Trixie. I love statues. I like to walk through cemetaries because of the beautiful markers that we have someone create to honor our loved ones.

night-rider said...

Yep, good sculpture in a garden on a beautiful day - things don't get much better than that. Thanks for sharing.