"Spirit of Flight" and "Maria Regina" -- Texas State Cemetery, Austin TX
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Two bronze sculptures by Charles Umlauf are part of the tombstones of former Texas Governor Allan Shivers and his wife Marialice at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
Waymark Code: WMQ02K
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 11/20/2015
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These two bronzes by Charles Umlauf are installed on the tombstone of former Texas Governor Allan Shivers (Spirit of Flight) and his wife Marialice (Maria Regina) in the Republic Hill section of the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

Allan Shivers served two terms as Governor, from 1949-1957.

Their tombstone reads as follows:

"[Spirit of Flight]
[Seal of the State of Texas]

Allan Shivers
October 5, 1907
January 14, 1985

The University of Texas
BA, 1931 LLB 1933

State Senator 1935 - 1947

U. S. Army 1943 - 1945

Lieutenant Governor
of Texas 1947 - 1949

Governor of Texas
1949 - 1957

President and Chairman
of Chamber of Commerce
of the
United States 1967 - 1969

Board of Regents,
University of Texas
System 1973 - 1979
and Chairman 1975 - 1979

[Maria Regina]

Marialice Shary

January 2, 1910
September 29, 1996

Wife Mother
First Lady of Texas

Founder Seton
Development Board

Pan Am University Regent
1965 - 1978

Pan Am University
Board of Regents Chmn.
1974 - 1975

"Look forward, therefore to my words, yearn
for them and they will instruct you.

Fame is vapor
Popularity an accident
Riches take wings

Those who cheer today
Curse tomorrow

One thing only endures

[On the base]

Wisdom is bright and does not grow dim.

By those who love her she is readily seen
and found by those who look for her."

Wisdom 6: 12-13"

The Spirit of Flight statue is a winged mostly-nude very muscular male figure whose hips and thighs are horizontally draped in fabric. His wings are extended, and he looks upwards, to the sky. His face is turned to the right.

The Maria Regina statue is looking downwards, with her hands extended at her sides and her palms open. She seems to be standing on the top of a mountain looking down on the earth and its people below -- perhaps she is looking down from heaven. She wears a long sheath garment with flat shoes. She has a short cloak at her shoulders. She wears a headpiece, which allows her long hair to fall loosely around her face and shoulders.

From the SIRIS database: (visit link)

"Spirit of Flight and Maria Regina, (sculpture)
Allan Shivers Memorial, (sculpture)

SCULPTOR: Umlauf, Charles 1911-1994

FOUNDER: Vignali & Tommasi Fonderia d'Arte

MEDIUM: Each sculpture: bronze; Base: granite

TYPE: Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture

Administered by State of Texas General Services Commission 1711 San Jacinto Street Austin Texas 78701; Located Texas State Cemetery 9th & Comal Streets Austin Texas

DATE: Spirit of Flight: 1959. Maria Regina: 1985

NOTES: Save Outdoor Sculpture, Texas, Austin survey, 1994.

A memorial consisting of two sculptures mounted side-by-side on individual bases, set together on a low, rectangular stepped base. "Spirit of Flight" depicts a winged male figure, perhaps Icarus or angel. He stands perched on his toes, with wings high above his head. He is muscular and nude with the exception of drapery across his thighs. His head is turned skyward and slightly to the proper right. The sculpture is mounted on a tall, tapered shaft with the Texas state seal on the front.

Next to the Spirit of Flight statue stands Maria Regina, with short cloak pinned at the breast. She wears a crown headpiece which holds her and flat-soled shoes. Her arms are at her side, with palms open."
TITLE: Spirit of Flight and Maria Regina

ARTIST(S): Charles Umlauf

DATE: Spirit of Flight -- 1959; Maria Regina -- 1985

MEDIUM: bronze on red granite plinths


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

Texas State Cemetery 10th and Navasota Streets Austin TX


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