Four nights at Blanco State Park proved to be ideal for exploring the Texas Hill Country. We spent our last day enjoying Pedernales Falls State Park, which was just down the road.
Our last night in Blanco we had dinner with Mike from Russ’ AF Academy days. Always great to see old friends!
As many times as we’ve been to Texas, neither of us had ever been to Austin. We took a tour of the state capitol before taking in the Elizabet Ney studio and gallery, and polished off the day at UT’s Blanton Museum of Art. (Thanks for the recommendations, Lynett!)
We had just seen Elizabet Ney’s life size marble figures of Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin at the state capitol, so we knew we were in for a treat, and we weren’t disappointed!
At the Blanton, a ten-foot-tall portrait drew my attention from across the room. A closer look revealed that it was created entirely of plastic pocket combs – 3,840, to be exact.
“Combs speak to Walker’s career as a pioneer of hair care. I also used them because they capture our national legacy of hair culture, and the gender and race politics of hair. As disposable objects, they parallel the low social status of African American women born in the late 1800s. But together, the thousands of combs become a monumental tapestry, signifying Walker’s magnitude and success despite her humble beginnings.” Sonya Clark, artist
Before leaving town, we made a stop at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where Russ snagged the 2017 Honey Bee Queen.