Get off the couch, get out of the house, episode #4

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

The sun finally made an appearance here in Austin. We had almost three weeks of cold and gray weather but the last three days have been beautiful.  One of the benefits of living in the South. I saw on the news all the ice, and mutiple-car collisions and was thankful for our 70 degrees.  Since time is going so quickly, I took the oportunity to revisit my list of places I wanted to see while I live in Austin, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden jumped out at me.  Perfect to walk around and get some fresh air.   Although I lived in Houston for almost 20 years, I was not good about taking advantage of all the city has to offer.  I think that is true for most of us.  You get used to doing what you always do and forget to take advantage of what your own hometown has to offer.  Maybe you think it is too far, too crowded, too hard to park.  Lots of excuses.  When I moved here I decided to do my best to try to get out.  As I have said before it is so good for you to get out of the house, move a little, get some fresh air.  It's good for the soul! 

Charles Umlauf was an American sculpture, originally from Michigan, but who moved to Austin in 1941 and worked at the University of Texas as a life drawing and sculpture professor for 40 years.  He and his wife lived on a hillside for decades, and in 1985 they gifted their home, his art studio, and 168 sculptures to the City of Austin for public enjoyment. In 1991 this sculpture garden was opened on an adjacent property. What a treasure.  The sculptures are beautiful, some are haunting, some whimsical, some religious.  His sculptures are located all over Texas and in fact he has more in public locations than any other single sculptor.  I think they are worth sharing so I'll post a gallery below. The day was so pretty I'll do a second one of some of the "outside" I enjoyed.   So here are some of the sculptures….

And the beautiful day…The first dafadills were up!  They smelled so sweet.

This garden is over by Barton Springs so I decided to walk over there as well. I get such a kick out of watching the dogs play in the water.  This little terrier loved retrieving the ball from the water.  The current is kind of strong so he had to swim lifke crazy to get it.  He had it mastered.  What a hoot! 

I hope you enjoyed my little tour. I'll be back tomorrow with a soup for you!  Have a good day….