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.

A Sculpture Selection Process will allow a Project Core Team to review and select individual sculpture(s) from those presented by Curator Dennis Nance. Purchasing existing sculptures from Texas artists will move the project directly into implementation (acquisition, delivery and installation), and it will also allow works by Texas artists that may not be available via the commissioning process to become part of the Fort Worth Public Art Collection.
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Altamesa Boulevard | Artist Selection | Dennis Nance, Curator |
The Bonnie Brae esplanade begins at E. Belknap Street and terminates at the circle drive off Yucca Avenue, directly in front of Amon Carter-Riverside High School, built in 1936. The Project Core Team asked that the artist's design be sensitive to the historical context of the area.
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Bonnie Brae Street | Preliminary Design | Peter Busby | Bonnie Brae Street
"Art + Knowledge" will be comprised of three screen-like sculptures that explore different aspects of the prairie. Developed with input from the Nature Center the categories are Flora and Fauna (a metaphor for community and ecosystem); Pond (water and aquatic systems) and Prairie (seep hydrology and bench topography). The artworks will be located in the northwest corner of the park; near the pond and near the south end of the park, respectively, and each one will feature circular discs in varying sizes with the artists drawings of wildlife and plant life depicted in enamel on steel. Phase I will consist of Flora and Fauna and Pond and Phase II will be comprised of the Prairie.
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Chisholm Trail Park | Fabrication | Jill Bedgood | Enamel on Steel | Chisholm Trail Park
Artist Elizabeth Akamatsu's Preliminary Design titled Rising Strong is inspired by the Diamond Hill area's family legacy. The sculpture celebrates the community through the concept of planting a seed, setting roots, and growing a bountiful life. The proposed stainless steel sculpture includes flowers inspired by Diamond Hill's namesake and will reflect the colors of its surroundings. The artwork sits upon a concrete platform and is intended to act as a landmark for the neighborhood.
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Diamond Hill Community Center | Final Design | Elizabeth Akamatsu | Diamond Hill Community Center
The artwork is an abstraction of a field of wildflowers inspired by the annual bloom of brightly colored flowers along Texas interstate highways. Comprised of a multitude of colorful vertical elements, the artwork creates visual impact from Interstate 30 and reflects the diverse nature of the surrounding community. Taking color palette inspiration from native species of wildflowers and crepe myrtles, the design features steel verticals painted in various shades of pink, orange and red.
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East Regional Library | Pending | Fyoog | Painted Aluminum | 6301 Bridge Street, 76112
This sculpture will transform a civil rights-era bus into a public artwork that connects the struggle for equal rights and justice from a national narrative to a local one, highlighting connections between the two. Aluminum panels within the bus shell will focus on Willis Pace - Fort Worth's first black city bus driver, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Freedom Riders, and Desegregation Bussing. Additional panels will feature the Lenora Rolla Center, Grand Theater, Baker Chapel, and Ella Mae Shamblee Library, as "stops" and all play key roles in telling the area's story.
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East Rosedale Street (I 35 - 287) | Fabrication | Christopher Blay | Repurposed Transit Bus | I-35W to US287
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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East Rosedale Street (Miller to Stalcup) | Fabrication | John Yancey | East Rosedale Street--Miller to Stalcup
In commissioning a public art project for the new Far Southwest Library, there is an opportunity to have a lasting impact on multiple generations of residents in this quickly growing part of the City; to enhance the already engaging and educational nature of the library experience; to offer ways for readers of all ages to experience and learn from visual art, and to become a sought after destination - a gem - at the heart of what is already becoming a bustling community.
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Far Southwest Library | Artist Selection | Artist TBD | McCart Avenue and W. Risinger Road
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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Fire Station #26 | Preliminary Design | Julie Lazarus | Fire Station #26
Titled Splash-Over, Marshall Harris's design is intended to pay homage to water as an integral component of firefighting. The proposed stainless-steel artwork will stand nearly 20 feet tall, creating a stylized waterspout as if shooting from an invisible nozzle. The surface of the structure will be finished in an undulating swirl pattern, catching and moving reflected light patterns. The structure sits atop a concrete platform to allow for low profile lighting and simultaneously elevate the artwork to a position of high visibility and prominence. Words taken from conversations with firefighters during the artist's micro-residency will be incorporated around the raised platform.
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Fire Station #43 | Final Design | Marshall Harris | Intersection of Camp Bowie W. Blvd. and Linkmeadow Dr.
Joe Barrington's Preliminary Design, titled Cowtown Dalmation, is a larger-than-life longhorn. The proposed stainless steel sculpture with splatters of silver and bronze spots is intended to reflect the area's rustic aesthetic and echo its western heritage. Inspired by a micro-residency with the Fort Worth Fire Department, the longhorn stands atop a native limestone rock facing the City which references the department's commitment to serving as a guardian to its citizens.
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Fire Station #45 | Final Design | Joe Barrington | Fire Station #45
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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Golden Triangle Library | Fabrication | Sara Lovas | Golden Triangle Library
"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, another 35 "longhorn/birds" mounted under the I-30 bridge with 5 emerging from the underpass.
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Hemphill-Lamar Connector | Fabrication | Dan Corson | Painted steel, polyethylene, and LEDs | Hemphill Lamar Connector (Lancaster to Vickery)
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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Lake Como Park | Fabrication | RDG Dahlquist Art Studio | Corten Steel Sculpture with Wood Benches | Lake Como Park
A new public art project to be located at the intersection of Las Vegas Trail and Normandale Street in association with street improvements as part of the 2018 Bond Program.
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Las Vegas Trail | Planning | Artist TBD | Las Vegas Trail and Normandale Street
Artist Clifton Crofford's Preliminary Design for West Magnolia Avenue includes three sculptures composed of bronze and glass: an acorn, a pinecone, and a magnolia seed pod. The imagery of seeds symbolizes the potential of the community and its residents to work together for future generations. Possible sites for the sculptures include the intersections of S. Henderson Street, 5th Avenue, and/or Lake Street along the pedestrian-friendly Magnolia Avenue corridor, located in the Near Southside district.
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Magnolia Avenue | Final Design | Clifton Crofford | Magnolia Avenue
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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Municipal Vehicle Maintenance Facility (Holly Water) | Final Design | Lynne Bowman Cravens | Forest Park Blvd
A new public art project in association with park improvements as part of the 2018 Bond Program. The artwork is anticipated to be placed on the north end of the park near the new north entrance.
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N Z Boaz Park | Preliminary Design | Dixie Friend Gay |
Funded by the 2014 Bond Program, a new project will be commissioned for the I-820 Underpass at North Beach. FWPA is currently working with the District 4 Office to assemble a Project Core Team.
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N. Beach/820 Underpass | Planning | Artist TBD | I-820 Underpass at North Beach
Julie Richey has designed a series of mosaic artworks for the North Animal Control Center. From gallivanting dogs to lounging cats, the artist will introduce several new "furry friends" to the complex. These playful animals and dynamic images are proposed for many different areas of the center, while highlighting the joy and adventure pets add to our lives.
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North Animal Care & Service Center | Final Design | Julie Richey | Mosaic | North Service Center
Twelve large-scale kinetic weathervane sculptures will be installed along approximately three miles of the North Beach Corridor, from Shiver Road to Timberland Boulevard. Pivoting with the direction of the wind, each unique sculpture will have the form of a native animal, bird or reptile, and will be made from locally-sourced recycled materials. The choice of materials will have a humorous connection with the creature depicted, such as an armadillo made of truck bumpers and shovel heads.
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North Beach Street | Fabrication | Christopher Fennell | Upcycled Materials | North Beach Corridor
The City of Fort Worth is undertaking the design and construction of a new community center in far north Fort Worth. The Project Core Team is interest in artwork that invites exploration and interaction, which could include playing and climbing or other form of engagement and may be light or technology based. They also expressed an interest in the selected artist using the natural environment for a color palette, and they share a desire for an artwork that is peaceful and calming.
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Northwest Community Center | Artist Selection | Artist TBD | Southeast Corner within Northwest Community Park
Known for their expertise in incorporating native plants and grasses into residential and commercial garden design, REDENTA'S Landscape Design, LLC proposal complements Eliseo Garcia's limestone sculpture Nature's Essence and fulfills goals in the Overton & Foster Park Master Plan. The plan creates context around the sculpture inviting park visitors to engage with the sculpture via a walkway plaza and seating for observing the sculpture and the ecology in a new wildflower zone. The design creates a natural gathering space around the sculpture and provides site lines from the nearby roadways.
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Overton Park Phase II | Preliminary Design | Redenta's Landscape Design | Landscape and hardscape | Overton Park
The City of Fort Worth has commissioned internationally renowned new media artist Refik Anadol to create an exciting projection mapping video that will interpret Fort Worth using artificial intelligence and machine learning to be projected on all four sides of Pioneer Tower after dark during a premier event currently scheduled for late February 2021.
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Pioneer Tower - Anadol | Fabrication | Refik Anadol | Projection Mapping Videos | Will Rogers Memorial Center
The City of Fort Worth has commissioned internationally renowned new media artist Quayola to create an exciting projection mapping video that will interpret Fort Worth's nature using high-precision 3D laser scanning and digital tracking systems to be projected on all four sides of Pioneer Tower after dark during a premier event currently scheduled for late February 2021.
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Pioneer Tower - Quayola | Fabrication | Quayola | New Media | Will Rogers Memorial Center
Artist Donna Dobberfuhl looked to Rosedale Street for the theme she has woven into enhancements along East Rosedale Street as part of the City's Polytechnic Heights Urban Village. Her large rose designs are carved directly into the brick that forms three kiosks spaced at intervals along East Rosedale Street across from the Texas Wesleyan University campus. Smaller groupings of roses in light colored cast stone adorn the low seating along East Rosedale Street directly in front of the university. A series of six metal plaques are currently in development, which will feature historic photographs from the community and will be installed onto the open sides of the three kiosks.
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Polytechnic / Wesleyan Urban Village | Pending | Donna Dobberfuhl | Polytechnic / Wesleyan Urban Village
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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Reby Cary Youth Library | Fabrication | Joe O'Connell Creative Machines, Inc. | Glass, Stainless Steel and LEDs | Future Reby Cary Youth Library
A new public art project at Riverside Park in association with park improvements as part of the 2018 Bond Program.
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Riverside Park | Planning | Artist TBD |
Titled Parallel Evolution, Walter's sculpture references elements of a golf swing combined with the spiral form of the ammonite fossils found in Rockwood Park while the upright form echoes the trunks and canopy of the heritage oak trees and stalks of flowers found on site. At approximately 20 feet in height, the proposed exterior artwork will be fabricated in stainless steel and painted a yellow-orange, to contrast with the sky and the greens of the golf course. The artwork will become a landmark for the area, visible from Jacksboro Highway.
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Rockwood Clubhouse | Final Design | Laura Walters | Rockwood Clubhouse
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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Rosemont Park | Preliminary Design | Virginia Fleck | 1400 W. Seminary Street
Local artist / landscape architect team Etty Horowitz and Kevin Sloan have revised their original design for the I-30 site to fit the new State Highway 121 site. Included are brick pavers, to be donated by Acme Brick, as a visual reference to the "Old Road to the West"; abundantly planted native Texas wildflowers and grasses, and large-scale Corten steel letters that spell out "Fort Worth". The new site on westbound State Highway 121 in the north right-of-way median (west of Maxine Street and east of Beach Street) offers dramatic views of the downtown Fort Worth skyline and is located just inside the Fort Worth City Limits as drivers approach downtown from the northeast and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
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SH 121 Art and Landscape Project | Final Design | Etty Horowitz and Kevin Sloan | State Highway 121 at Maxine Street
Inspired by the energy, vibrancy, and activity in the area, the artist designed a work that relates to the name of the street name, Race. The artwork features brightly colored tiles and LED strips embedded into the sidewalk. The movement speed of the lights will be controlled by two steering wheels nearby, allowing players to race their light streams. The artwork will engage residents visually and physically, while capturing the playful and spontaneous energy of the neighborhood.
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Six Points Urban Village | Installation | Eric McGehearty | Race Street and Riverside Drive
FWPA is working with the District 9 Office to assemble a Project Core Team for a new public art project addressing the South Main Underpass near downtown Fort Worth. Funding for this project was included in the Public Art Plan for the 2014 Bond Program.
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South Main Underpass | Planning | Artist TBD |
The City of Fort Worth is designing and constructing a new facility for the South Patrol Division at McCart Avenue and W. Risinger Road. The Project Core Team expressed interest in artwork that is commanding yet welcoming. Selected artist Gordon Huether is currently participating in a micro-residency with the Fort Worth Police Department to aid the development of his design. This new exterior public art project is funded by the 2018 Bond Program.
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South Patrol Division | Preliminary Design | Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc. | McCart Avenue and W. Risinger Road
Huckaby's artwork for the traffic triangle at Ramey and Stalcup in Council District 5 will reflect the history of Stop Six. Huckaby's artwork entitled "The Last Train" is designed to look like a train stop. Transforming the green space into a gathering place, it will feature a reproduction of a vintage Interurban train car, painted a shimmering golden color, resting on a track on a paved plaza. Figures - abstracted portraits of members of the community - will be painted onto the side of the train. During the evening, the car will be illuminated from within, giving it a warm glow. The artist intends the train car symbolize a type of spiritual chariot that has come to take earthly citizens to a heavenly place.
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Stop Six Triangle | Final Design | Sedrick Huckaby | Ramey and Stalcup Intersection
A Sculpture Selection Process will allow a Project Core Team to review and select individual sculpture(s) from those presented by Curator Dennis Nance. Purchasing existing sculptures from Texas artists will move the project directly into implementation (acquisition, delivery and installation), and it will also allow works by Texas artists that may not be available via the commissioning process to become part of the Fort Worth Public Art Collection.
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Summer Creek | Artist Selection | Dennis Nance, Curator |
A new public art project in Trail Driver's Park was included in the Public Art Plan for the 2014 Bond Program. The Project Core Team has expressed interest in work that connects to the area's narrative. They also suggested the work be harmonious with nearby public artworks along the 28th Street and Brennan Avenue bridges which bookend the park.
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Trail Driver's Park | Planning | Artist TBD | Trail Driver's Park
The artist is creating a site specific pedestrian bridge to span the culvert along Westcreek Drive between Bilglade and I-20, helping enhance pedestrian connectivity. Entitled Drift, the bridge is inspired by the natural formations of the creek and the mid-century architecture of 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 made from laminated Spanish Cedar and treated with an anti-graffiti coating.
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Westcreek Drive | Fabrication | Volkan Alkanoglu | Spanish Cedar | Westcreek Drive
The City of Fort Worth is currently having significant community conversations regarding racial equity in our city. In response to a citizen's concerns regarding the depiction of African-Americans in the 1936 mural on the facade of the Will Rogers Memorial Center Auditorium (section depicted above), a committee has been formed to provide insight on the addition of thoughtful, on-site interpretative information for viewers.
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Will Rogers Memorial Center Historic Tile Murals | Planning | Herman P. Koeppe | Ceramic tile | Will Rogers Memorial Center