It was great to finally be back in our great state of Texas, and the lure of home was great. But so, too, was the lure of Texas Tech Law, which several of the LEAP Ambassadors–particularly Karla Rosales–aspire to attend.
Before heading to Texas Tech Law, we made a quick stop by Prairie Dog Town…
…where we got to see a lot of cute prairie dogs!
The weather was rainy, but that did not stop us or them from having a great time.
We then headed to our next stop, Texas Tech School of Law. This was particularly the best part for me, as Texas Tech Law is my top-choice law school and it was my first time to be able to visit the school.
Even though it was a Sunday morning, we were able to go inside the building and explore. As we walked in, we were welcomed by the West Texas Legal Legends wall where there are plaques for distinguished Texas Tech Alumni. We continued by taking a quick tour of the building…
… and the Mark and Becky Lanier Professional Development Center where the auditorium and the Donald Hunt Courtroom are located.
We continued our exploration of Texas Tech and learned that Texas Tech actually has a lot of public art and beauty throughout their campus.
We saw a couple of Jesus Moroles sculptures, which are always nice to see as we can make that connection to Huntsville.
We also saw an art piece by one of my favorite artists, Deborah Butterfield. The piece was titled “Water River” and depicts a life-size horse.
The material used looks just like twisted tree branches, but is actually bronze! Her art is so fascinating to see. Another one of our favorite was called “The Read Reader” also known as “The Bookman,” by Terry Allen…
…which we have learned so much about at the Moody Gallery in Houston.
One of the other artists we have learned about on this trip is Glenna Goodacre, who does representational sculptures, and is from Lubbock, TX. We had seen her art in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Denver, and, just off Glenna Goodacre Blvd in Lubbock, we were able to see her on Texas Tech’s campus. In fact, we were able to pose as her figures!
It’s always nice to see famous artists around the country and find a local connection. Texas Tech definitely is full of wonderful art pieces all over campus…
…and it is fascinating to see how it enriches the cultural life on campus through diverse public art by many famous artists.
And with that last glimpse, we headed back to our home in Huntsville.