AUSTIN – On Monday, three sculptures called the Three Muses, creations of famous Austin sculptor Charles Umlauf were removed from Centennial Park on the University of Texas campus.
They were taken to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in south Austin to be housed temporarily.
UT is making room for the new Dell Medical School at Centennial Park. However, a few people are now taking issue with some other items in the park being removed.
When Centennial Park was built in 1983, citizens could make a donation and have a brick with the name of a loved one or a business on it embedded in the park grounds.
More than 30 years later, hundreds of those bricks cannot be saved and will have to be removed in order to make room for the new Medical School.
A UT spokesperson released the following statement Tuesday:
"The university will not be able to preserve the original Centennial Park honorarium bricks during the construction of the Dell Medical School. However, we have cataloged and photographed each brick and plan to design a suitable replacement for the memorials that will be incorporated into the medical district."
It isn’t clear when, where or how the new memorial will be constructed.