Blanton re-opens Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’ after mold cleaning


After closing to the publicfor four months, the Ellsworth Kelly building ‘Austin’ at the Blanton Museum of Art re-opened Dec. 11.

The structure — the only building Kelly designed — had been shuttered in order to remove mold that had spread on the structure’s exterior. The chapel-like building is clad with limestone from Spain.

When it closed in August, the museum said such mold is a “common occurrence on limestone buildings on the UT campus.”

Conservation work included applying a water-resistant coating to building’s exterior

The $23 million structure, which sits next to the Blanton Museum on the University of Texas campus, opened in 2018.

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