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Umlauf to pair sculpture with touch tours for the blind

Michael Barnes
mbarnes@statesman.com
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum offers special, guided touch tours for the blind and visually impaired. [Contributed]

The sense of touch and the physical qualities of sculpture seem supremely well matched, depending on the vulnerability of the materials to human contact.

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, which is free over the summer thanks to donations from the McBee Family Foundation and others, has always encouraged contact with certain sturdy works of outdoor art.

(Climbing remains out of bounds. And don’t touch the indoor art.)

Now the Umlauf offers, in partnership with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, “Touch Tours” for the blind and visually impaired.

To book a tour with trained assistants, visit the Umlauf website.

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Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Where: 605 Azie Morton Road

How much: Free until Aug. 31

Info: 512-445-5582, umlaufsculpture.org.