Ursula Maria Brodauf Master Sculptor 1/24/1926 ~ 5/14/2011
Ursula Brodauf was born in a small town in Germany located within the Erzgebirge, a region renowned for its woodcarvers, folk art and folklore. At the age of 14 she apprenticed under master woodcarver Emil Helbig. In the early 1950's, she attended the Master School of Art in West Berlin where the faculty included sculptors Klakow, Seitz, Sintenis and Van Verkerk, and visiting members of the famous Bauhaus School. In additon to her studies, she worked as a stage set designer for Colorphone Agfa Film Company, which inspired her to immigrate to the United States. Enroute to Los Angeles in 1955, Ursula stopped in Salt Lake City to visit a friend and decided to stay. She was sponsored for US residency by the Pullman family, worked as a window display designer for ZCMI, and soon established her first scuplture studio. In 1958, she married her former husband Richard Wirick with whom she had two sons, Frederic and Andre. For the next half-century she invested her life to family, sculpture, and photography. Ursula's large body of work, private and public, is a tribute to modernity. She was chosen, in 2002, as "One of the 100 Most Honored Artists of Utah" by the Springville Museum of Art. Some of her public sculptures include: Breeze at the Salt Lake Convention Center, Intensity at Fire Station No. 11, Stations of the Cross at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Sandy, and K'ai-ho on the Browning Plaza at the University of Utah Hospital. More details about her life and work can be found on the University of Utah Marriot Library website. Her philosophy of living life intensely was also reflected in her love of nature, photography, culinary creations, family and friends. She is survived by her two sons, Frederic and Andre, daughters-in-law Sharon and Hana, grandchildren Andre Chase and Ashley Marie, and great-granddaughter Nevaeh. At Ursula's request there will be no public funeral services. She would like to be remembered for her work and the time she shared with others throughout her life.