ART IN PROGRESS | Creating Works that Resonate

Fort Worth Public Art has a host of diverse projects underway in various stages of the public art process including, planning, artist selection, preliminary design, final design, fabrication and installation, which are each listed in alphabetical order by the site name.

Coming soon!  A link to our Quarterly Project Status Report with more details on each project will be added to this page.

The City of Fort Worth is currently in the process of designing a new building to replace the current Diamond Hill Community Center, pictured above, in Council District 2. The new center will be located near the intersection of Weber Street and 36th Street (address to be assigned). The facility will include a boxing gym, gymnasium, fitness area, and meeting rooms.
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Elizabeth Akamatsu | Diamond Hill Community Center | Diamond Hill Community Center
"Drift" is the title of this pedestrian bridge inspired by the natural formations of the creek and the mid-century architecture in the neighborhood. It transforms from a geometric form to an organic shape, widening in the center to offer seating for the public to briefly rest and enjoy the view. The ADA compliant bridge will be clad Spanish Cedar and treated with an anti-graffiti coating. It will span the culvert along Westcreek Drive between Bilglade and I-20, helping enhance pedestrian connectivity from the new Westcreek Drive walking path to the Trinity Trails via Kellis Park, Foster Park and Overton Park.
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Volkan Alkanoglu | Westcreek Drive | Westcreek Drive
Animalis Works, LLC, was inspired by the park's reemergence as a stopping point on the migration route of monarch butterflies. Bringing attention to the phenomenon of this migration, "When Air Becomes Sky" makes reference to the height at which monarchs fly while migrating. The artist team is proposing a total of 3 stainless steel sculptures with approximately 6,500 embedded crystals, which will be dispersed at 2 locations within the park.
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Animalis Works, LLC. | Northwest Community Park | Northwest Community Park
The City of Fort Worth is in the process of designing Fire Station #45, to be located at the northeast corner of Quail Grove Drive and Harmon Road intersection (an exact street address to be assigned). Joe Barrington recently completed a micro-residency with the Fort Worth Fire Department and is now developing a Preliminary Design.
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Joe Barrington | Fire Station #45 | Fire Station #45
"Art + Knowledge" will be comprised of three screen-like sculptures that explore different aspects of the prairie, developed with input from Fort Worth Nature Center staff, including Flora and Fauna (a metaphor for community and ecosystem); Pond (water and aquatic systems), and Prairie (seep hydrology and bench topography). Each screen will feature circular enamel on steel discs in varying sizes with Bedgood's detailed drawings of wildlife and plant life. Phase I will include Flora and Fauna and Pond. Prairie will be completed as Phase II. These will be located in the northwest corner of the park; near the pond and near the south end of the park, respectively.
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Jill Bedgood | Chisholm Trail Park | Enamel on steel | Chisholm Trail Park
Exploring the narratives of Evans Avenue residents and the history of their neighborhood, local artist Christopher Blay will create community seating areas out of refurbished vintage buses. Photos, texts and design, both inside and outside of the structure will highlight these concepts. These rest stops will activate the public space on the pedestrian level, and serve as places of reflection on the long journey to equality.
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Christopher Blay | East Rosedale Street (I 35 - 287) | I-35W to US287
A new public art project will be designed by artist Peter Busby for Bonnie Brae street from E. Belknap Street to Yucca Avenue in Council District 4.
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Peter Busby | Bonnie Brae Street | Bonnie Brae Street
Curator DooEun Choi has recommended new media artists Refik Anadol and Quayola to develop conceptual proposals for the inaugural projection mapping project for Pioneer Tower at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, scheduled to premier February 2021. Meanwhile, infrastructure for the Pioneer Tower Iconic Public Art Project is being installed as part of the City's current rehabilitation project for the 1936 National Register of Historic Places-listed tower.
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DooEun Choi, Curator | Pioneer Tower | Projection Mapping Videos | Will Rogers Memorial Center
Working from a life-long fascination with origami, the artist will create a series of five sculptures along Forest Park Boulevard that walk the viewer through the progression of folding an origami bird. And not just any bird, but a Scissor Tail Flycatcher, a native species also known as the Texas bird-of paradise, that calls Texas and parts of Oklahoma and Kansas home. The artist intends these white sculptures to create a contrast to the blue sky and Trinity River and the green slopes leading up to the Holly Water Treatment Plant, providing commuters and trail users a respite on their way into and out of downtown along this busy corridor.
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Lynne Bowman Cravens | Municipal Vehicle Maintenance Facility (Holly Water) | Forest Park Blvd
West Magnolia Avenue is located in the Near Southside, with the Medical District to the north and the historic Fairmount neighborhood to the south. The Magnolia Avenue corridor has enjoyed development and revitalization over the last several years, and has become known for its diverse businesses, artistic focus, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, as well as Arts Goggle, Open Streets, and other events and initiatives organized by Near Southside, Inc. Possible sites include the intersection of S. Henderson Street and/or Lake Street.
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Clifton Crofford | Magnolia Avenue | Magnolia Avenue
"Flight" was inspired by Fort Worth's aviation history, patterns of migrating birds and jets flying in formation. On the Downtown end, a free-standing sculpture with 28 "longhorn/birds", 12 feet in width, with internal LEDs will be installed in the median. On the south end, nother 35 "longhorn/birds" mounted under the I-30 bridge with 5 emerging from the underpass.
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Dan Corson / Kiboworks | Hemphill-Lamar Connector | Painted steel, polyethylene, and LEDs | Hemphill Lamar Connector (Lancaster to Vickery)
The artists has created carved brick and cast stone roses integrated into six brick kiosks and all along the low seat wall down East Rosedale Avenue. To complete the project, the artist is creating six bronze plaques using historic photographs of the neighborhood.
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Donna Dobberfuhl | Polytechnic / Wesleyan Urban Village | Polytechnic / Wesleyan Urban Village
Fennell will use the materials to create twelve large-scale weathervane sculptures that will be installed along approximately three miles of the North Beach Corridor, from Shiver Road to Timberland Boulevard. Each weathervane features an animal sculpted from upcycled materials collected from the community. The artist is asking for the following materials: baseball bats, hubcaps, birdhouses, trashcans, mailboxes, bicycles, shovel heads, car & truck bumpers, lawnmower blades, chain-link fencing, fence posts, automotive springs, and airplane wings. Material donations will continue to be acceptedat the Hillshire and Brennan drop-off stations.
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Christopher Fennell | North Beach Street | Upcycled Materials | North Beach Corridor
The City of Fort Worth is in the process of designing Fire Station #43, to be located in the Walsh Ranch area at the intersection of Camp Bowie W. Boulevard and Linkmeadow Drive. Marshall Harris recently completed a micro-residency with the Fort Worth Fire Department and will now begin developing a Preliminary Design.
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Marshall Harris | Fire Station #43 | Fire Station #43
Holloway will produce three large-scale glass painted panels to be installed over the lobby's bank of doors to greet patrons as they come and go. His design for the project aims to depict unity amongst diversity, using photographs from the historic protest as inspiration for his imagery. The preliminary design focuses on two key elements: protesting as patriotic, and singing as a way to evoke hope.
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Riley Holloway | Public Safety & Municipal Court Building | Fort Worth Municipal Court
"The Last Train" will reflect the history of the Stop Six area and will transform the grassy traffic triangle into a community gathering place. The focal point will be a sculptural representation of a vintage interurban train car, painted a shimmering golden color, and resting on a track on a paved plaza. Abstracted portraits of members of the community will be painted onto the sides of the train. During the evening, the car will be illuminated from within, giving it a warm glow. Huckaby sees the train car as a symbolic spiritual chariot that has come to take earthly citizens to a heavenly place.
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Design enhancements for the southern Lebow Channel Watershed Improvement project, including for 3 vehicular bridges.
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Leticia Huerta | Brennan Avenue Bridge | Integral concrete bas reliefs and mosaic sidewalk medallions | Brennan Avenue (in Trail Drivers Park)
The City of Fort Worth is currently designing a replacement station for Fire Station #26 located at 6124 S. Hulen Street (76113). Julie Lazarus has completed a micro-residency with the Fort Worth Fire Department and will now begin working on a Preliminary Design for the Fire Station #26 Public Art Project.
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Julie Lazarus | Fire Station #26 | Fire Station #26
The artwork features the installation of multiple figures throughout the library building. The first thing the viewer will see as they enter the library is a sculpture of a stack of books. Atop the nooks is a figure reading. From inside the stack of books emerges a shiny, silver-colored figure, climbing out from beneath the pages. Inside the library are cast aluminum figures on various adventures- looking, exploring, climbing, jumping, running, crawling and more.
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Sara Lovas | Golden Triangle Library | Golden Triangle Library
The artist was inspired by the energy, vibrancy, and activity in the area. The artwork has two components, on opposite sides of the street which both relate back to the name of the street name, Race. Both components involve brightly colored tiles and LED strips embedded into the sidewalk. Both engage residents visually and physically, while capturing the playful and spontaneous energy of the neighborhood.
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Eric McGehearty | Six Points Urban Village | Race Street and Riverside Drive
Adam Neese has designed an inspiring glass artwork to be integrated into the front porch area of the new Como Community Center. The eye-catching artwork will have an impactful street presence welcoming visitors to the community as well as to the center. Echoing the traditional use of front porches, the overall design references community gathering through generations with translucent layers of graphic texts from The Lake Como Weekly, images of the current Como landscape, and silhouettes of today's Como citizens. Together, the artwork combines past and present to illustrate Como's bright future.
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Adam Neese | Como Community Center | Glass | Como Community Center
Joe O'Connell, founder of Creative Machines, was inspired by connections: Matisse's famous painting La Danse, the way neurons connect as a mind learns, the connections made between community members, the trails of shooting stars overhead, and the artist's personal memories of visiting libraries throughout his life. The Preliminary Design Only Connect includes colored glass spheres and laser-cut stainless steel lacework with incorporated LED lighting using optical sensors. Additionally, the artist has designed two exterior sculptural components to extend the artwork outdoors.
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Joe O'Connell | Reby Cary Youth Library | Glass, stainless steel and LEDs | Eastside Library
Design and construction of landscaping and site improvements around the sculpture titled "Nature's Essence" by Eliseo Garcia.
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Redenta's Landscape Design | Overton Park Phase II | Landscape and hardscape | Overton Park
Local Artist Kris Pierce designed a series of three permanent sculptural concrete plinths currently in fabrication. These works will create an exterior gallery for temporary outdoor artworks, a new program of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Each plinth honors the spirit of the building's original Bauhaus-informed architecture by Principal Designer Herbert Bayer, whose 1925 universal alphabet served as inspiration for the plinths' minimal, balanced forms.
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Kris Pierce | Fort Worth Community Arts Center - Plinths | Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Inspired by the natural beauty and rich history of Lake Como Park, the sculptural installation will be a frame literally and figuratively. It will serve as an invitation to gather and to gaze both outward and inward upon aspects of nature and community, and it honor community leader and Lake Como Weekly publisher, William H. Wilburn, Sr., and Amon G. Carter, Sr., who played a vital role in the establishment of Lake Como Park. The installation will be a gathering place to honor the connection between these two men.
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The North Field Operations Services Facility, Drop off Center, and Animal Control Center are/will be located in far north Fort Worth. At the Project Core Team Orientation, the members shared an interest in artwork that may serve as a way-finding element, helping citizens find the location and understand the purpose of the campus. Though the artwork could be comprised of multiple pieces, they shared the desire for a component of the artwork to be highly visible from the main entry.
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Julie Richey | North Animal Care & Service Center | North Service Center
The City of Fort Worth completed improvements along 6th Avenue as part of the City of Fort Worth’s 2008 Bond Program. Nearby Rosemont Park was identified as an impactful location for public art, which could engage both pedestrians and park-goers alike. The Project Core Team emphasized the importance for artwork to be well integrated into the park, with a focus on developing work that is accessible to all and connects to the area's diverse community across cultures and generations. They also shared an interest in work that is bold and interactive, possibly incorporating existing natural elements such as light.
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Artist TBD | Rosemont Park | 1400 W. Seminary Street
In 2013, Gachman Metals & Recycling located in North Fort Worth celebrated its 100th year in business. In recognition of their anniversary, Gachman Metals has offered to partner with the Fort Worth Public Art program by providing $25,000 in cash and metal from the plant in order to commission an artist to create artwork for the park. The artist was inspired by the shapes of the metal that emerge from the metal shredder at Gachman Metals. Made of a recycled aluminum, the sculpture will be be a large-scale rendering of a piece of scrap metal, created with the help of a 3D scanning and printing process.
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Mike Ross | Rockwood Park | Rockwood Park 701 N University Dr Fort Worth, TX 76114
The artist/landscape architect team revised their original design for I-30 to fit this new site. Key elements will include brick pavers (a visual reference to the Old Road to the West), abundantly planted native Texas wildflowers and grasses, and large-scale Corten steel letters that line up to spell Fort Worth. The new site on westbound State Highway 121 (west of Maxine Street and east of Beach Street) offers dramatic views of the downtown Fort Worth skyline. Located just inside Fort Worth City Limits, the project will greet motorists approaching from the northeast and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
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Etty Horowitz and Kevin Sloan | SH 121 Art and Landscape Project | State Highway 121 at Maxine Street
The City of Fort Worth is designing and constructing a new facility for the South Patrol Division at McCart Avenue and W. Risinger Road. This new exterior public art project is funded by the 2018 Bond Program.
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Artist TBD | South Patrol Division
This project is funded by the 2018 Bond Program, which includes a replacement facility for the Rockwood Clubhouse as well as renovation of the existing golf course maintenance facility and support facilities. Selected artist Laura Walters channels the underlying energy and rhythms of the natural world, transforming metal into elegant sculptures that celebrate the beauty and complexities of our universe. From her early works in bronze to more recent pieces in steel, delicate and organic shapes emerge in a variety of scales. After meeting with the Project Core Team and other stakeholders, Walters will develop a Preliminary Design.
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Laura Walters | Rockwood Clubhouse | Rockwood Clubhouse
This free-standing artwork will consist of three powder-coated steel and glass house-shaped structures. The glass panels feature different imagery and fill the sides and roof of two of the three houses. The imagery is meant to honor the history of the land, the Trinity River, and the people who have lived there.
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Sally Weber | Precinct Line Road and Bridge | Precinct Line and Trinity Blvd
Artist John Yancey has designed series of sculptural mosaic murals. The murals reference the history of the neighborhood through visual references to trains, African-American quilts, and West African masquerade. The history of the Stop Six area will be represented in the footprint of the art and in community plaques set into the concrete.
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John Yancey | East Rosedale Street (Miller to Stalcup) | East Rosedale Street--Miller to Stalcup