artwork information

Charles Umlauf  (1911-1994)
Uccelli (Birds of St. Francis), 1972
Other Information: Uccelli (Birds of St. Francis) is a rare casting by the late American sculptor Charles Umlauf. A nationally acclaimed sculptor, Umlauf did many of his castings in Italy (hence the Italian titles), and this piece was part of a full-scale figure casting of St. Francis. Umlauf made only a few castings of the birds by themselves.

Umlauf's work is in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Umlauf taught at the University of Texas for over 30 years. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum in Austin now holds much of Umlauf's remaining works and archives.

This piece was donated by Cam Leonard, a founding father of the Art Center's Sculpture Garden and past-president of the Art Association. Cam and Virginia Leonard's past contributions have made a substantial impact on the Art Center we know today, and Cam's current contribution of Umlauf's Uccelli is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Leonard.

The base for Uccelli was designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Jesus Moroles, a longtime friend of the Leonards, whose Lighthouse Fountain was dedicated into the Sculpture Garden in 2002.

The dedication for Charles Umlauf's Uccelli took place on November 1, 2008, with Cam Leonard, Jesus Moroles, and Harold Phenix in attendance.

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Artist Jesus Moroles, who designed and installed the base and Visual
Arts Director John Aasp unveil Umlauf's "Uccelli."