Outdoor Sculptures Worth $550,000 Donated to UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth
Sept. 26, 2007
An anonymous benefactor has donated three sculptures appraised at a total of $550,000 to The University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth.
The artworks will grace the 3½-acre grounds surrounding the center at West Mockingbird Drive. Part of an earlier $5 million gift from the T. Boone Pickens Foundation will cover the costs of transporting, installing and lighting the sculptures.
“The generous gift of three quality sculptures to the Center For BrainHealth complement its handsome headquarters and will be enjoyed by the staff and visitors,” said Robert E. Wilbur, vice chairman of the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth Advisory Board. “The center is fortunate to be the recipient of this meaningful gift.”
The three large sculptures are all by prominent artists:
- Fan, circa 1982, by American artist David Lee Brown, is the most valuable. An independent appraiser estimated its value at $250,000 before it was donated to the University. The sculpture consists of a series of stainless-steel rectangular tubes of various lengths around a central hub, fanning outward to create a wave-like shape. The sculpture is 8 feet high and 12 feet wide.
- Lincoln Centre Eagle, circa 1981, by Swedish artist Kent Ullberg, was appraised at $200,000. The sculpture, cast in polished stainless steel and standing more than 9 feet tall, is of an American bald eagle atop a craggy rock.
- HelioDallas, circa 1982, by American artist Robert Russin, has a value of $100,000. The abstract work is of pink marble and bronze.
The UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth is dedicated to understanding how the brain best learns, preventing mental decline and strengthening brain function.