After a day looking around the city, we decided to have a walk along the river. Setting off in sunshine, half way along it started to rain and we were soon soaked through, but at least it was warm and when the sun came out we soon dried.
After lunch, we decided to visit a sculpture garden in the park. This was further way than we anticipated but proved worthwhile in the end. All the sculptures were by Charles Umlauf, an interesting artist, but one we had never heared of. Although he trained in Chicago, he moved to Austin in 1941 and after winning several awards, he decided to gift his home and hundreds of sculptures to the city of Austin. he did this inn 1985 and fifty eight of these are on show in the garden.
Although quite small, the garden had a good range of topics covered and we enjoyed a peaceful walk around the grounds.
To escape the heat, we caught a local bus into the city and returned to the apartment, where we reflected on our visit to the city. It had a vibrant feel to it and when the university students returned should be quite lively.
The city put aside a portion of it's budget each year for the arts and we saw evidence of this in the sculptures and wall art, as we walked around.
All these artworks enhanced our experiences and made the stay more enjoyable.