March 28th was a special day at Lamar Fine Arts Academy, as kids, teachers, parents and members of AISD celebrated the dedication of Charles Umlauf’s sculpture, “The Birds,” in a previously neglected interior courtyard at the school. That courtyard has now come to life thanks to the Umlauf Family Partnership, and specifically Carla Umlauf, the sculptor’s granddaughter who is a local realtor and parent to two girls at the Academy.
When Carla adopted the courtyard 20 months ago, she did so with a desire to give back to the school where her two girls are getting a first-rate education and having the time of their lives. The sculpture is shared in the spirit of encouraging a lifelong habit of giving, and it serves as a visible reminder of the significant impact arts education has on our community and our future. “My family is making this gift in honor of the teachers and patrons of AISD, who make such an impact on our children and community every day,” Carla said at the dedication. The area can be used for outdoor classrooms, after-school clubs, PTA meetings, teacher lunches or simple reflection.
Charles Umlauf was a prestigious American artist, professor at UT, and a proud Austinite. He sculpted the series of cast bronze birds in 1960, for the Spirit of Flight fountain at Dallas’ brand new Love Field Airport. The Love Field commission still stands today. It was among Umlauf’s largest scale public installations, marking a critical period of his development.
To see a video of the dedication ceremony, visit http://aisdtv.blogspot.com/2014/04/lamar-umlauf-sculpture-dedication-2014.html
To learn more about Charles Umlauf and his work, visit The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum located at 605 Robert E. Lee Road. Or, vist Umlaufsculpture.org
To learn more about Carla, visit UmlaufProperties.com