Do you want a unique museum experience? If so, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is the place to go! This South Austin garden acts as a beautiful backdrop for many of Charles Umlauf’s sculptures. With luscious plant life surrounding the works of art, visitors gain different perspectives that vary season to season. The interactive space proves to provide a non-traditional museum adventure where guests become educated in the appreciation of sculpture. Intelligent Lighting Design is proud to announce that we are now the exclusive lighting team for Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum! The Museum Coordinator, Samantha Elliot, let us know a few fun facts about the garden and what they do to make events there a memorable experience.
1) What is your favorite season in the sculpture garden and why?
That’s a tie between Spring and Fall. Spring has the advantage of lush grounds and blossoming flowers. Fall brings a new color palette to the table because of the many varieties of trees in the garden. Both seasons have cool nights and lovely light; it’s hard to pick a favorite.
2) How many people does it take to keep the grounds up and running to create the unique outdoor museum?
We have a full-time staff of 6 and are supported by nearly 30 volunteers, a dozen city gardeners, and community groups that host “garden clean-up” activities once a month.
3) How do you utilize lighting in your garden?
Permanently installed lights illuminate the trees, paths, sculptures, and meeting spaces. There are also some cleverly hidden lights in our pavilion that have delighted many guests.
4) Is there a “most popular” sculpture in the garden, if so which one?
The winner of the popularity contest is usually “Lotus”, a lumpy, grinning hippopotamus. Our youngest visitors love to hug her so she is the official mascot of our children’s programs.
5) How does Intelligent Lighting Design contribute to transforming the space?
Transform is the perfect word. Special lighting touches elevate events from generic to magical! The garden lends itself to evenings under festoon strands, surrounded by glowing tables. Our terrace columns become grandiose when up lit with colors and event themes are easily made cohesive. We love when clients make use of lighting and ILD has made the process so simple for our staff.
Intelligent Lighting Design is looking forward to contribute to this magical garden. With such a beautiful venue, we can only imagine the possibilites!
Photo by Studio Uma