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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2011
What: Texas sculptor T. J. Mabrey debuts “Aqueous Matters” on the grounds of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin.
When: Saturday, May 28, to Sunday, August 21.
Where: Gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739.
Background: The Wildflower Center unveils an exhibit of large-scale sculptures by native Texan T. J. Mabrey that highlight both the nurturing and destructive power of water. Mabrey’s dozen pieces of Italian marble or Texas limestone are organized into six settings that demonstrate her passion for nature-oriented themes and history and love of flowing forms. Visitors are greeted by “Four Cisterns” near the front entry, a tribute to these life-giving water tanks throughout Texas. Near the entry walkway rests “Meadow’s Summer Skimmer,” a torso of Egyptian black marble skimming above the meadow grasses. A series of three statues in the café garden evokes water that nourishes moon flowers, a cloud-laced mountain capturing rain and a divine, cube-shaped "mountain" that produces water and fish. And in the Butterfly Garden, the magnificent “Story Stone” showcases a gigantic eel biting its tail as part of the cycling of life.
General admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children and free for members and children under 5. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or visit www.wildflower.org.