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 | Artist TBD |
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
Artist Elizabeth Akamatsu's Final 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 | Fabrication | 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 | Fabrication | 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
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 | Preliminary Design | Area C | McCart Avenue and W. Risinger Road
Fire Station #26 is seen as a gateway between commercial and residential areas in this community. After spending 50 hours during a micro-residency with the firefighters, artist Julie Lazarus learned of the personal importance of the firefighters' helmet and its reputation as a "badge of honor." Her Final Design includes three series of helmets, each uniquely patterned, to represent the various personnel on each shift (A, B, and C) at the station. The helmets will be a combination of mirrored and brushed stainless steel. The work will be lit at night with an ultramarine blue colored light, echoing the color of the firefighters' trucks.
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Fire Station #26 | Final 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 | Fabrication | Joe Barrington | Fire Station #45
A new public art project associated with 2014 Bond improvements at Heritage Park.
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Heritage Park | Preliminary Design | Legge Lewis Legge |
This public art project is associated with the 2018 Bond Program provides an opportunity for an artist to create a unique, artistic experience along Horne Street near the intersections of Libbey Avenue and Humbert Avenue. The two neighborhood streets are separated by 0.1 mile (a 2-minute walk). Overall, the participatory artwork should be highly visible from a distance, create a layered experience, and connect the present-day diverse community to the area's roots. The artwork is expected to echo the vibrancy of Horne Street's past while reflecting the 24-hour life of today's Como "Main Street."
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Horne Street | Preliminary Design | Darryl Ratcliff |
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 | Installation | RDG Dahlquist Art Studio | Corten Steel Sculpture with Wood Benches | Lake Como Park
This public art project will seek to embody hope and rejuvenation, be positive, and speak to new beginnings. The Project Core Team expressed a desire for an artwork the community will rally around, that is highly visible, and that will be readily understood as art. The project, to be located at the intersection of Las Vegas Trail and Normandale Street, is associated with street improvements as part of the 2018 Bond Program.
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Las Vegas Trail | Preliminary Design | Mark Reigelman | Las Vegas Trail and Normandale Street
Artist Clifton Crofford's Final 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 | Fabrication | Clifton Crofford | Magnolia Avenue
A new public art project associated with street improvements along Marine Creek Parkway at the border of District 2 and District 7 as part of the 2008 Bond Program.
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Marine Creek Parkway | Artist Selection | Artist TBD |
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) | Fabrication | 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 | Final 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 | Preliminary Design | Merge Conceptual Design | 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 | Fabrication | 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 | Preliminary Design | Matthew Mazzotta | 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
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
A new public art project at Riverside Park in association with park improvements as part of the 2018 Bond Program. The Project Core Team desires a large, impactful artwork or series of artworks with a thematic approach that might speak to the natural environment and would engage visitors and park users.
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Riverside Park | Artist Selection | 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 butterfield yellow, 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 | Fabrication | Laura Walters | Rockwood Clubhouse
Drawing from craft, Virginia Fleck's sensory maze focuses on connectedness through multiple forms of weaving. Visitors can experience moire patterns as they move around the designed sculpture and weave in and out themselves. The brightly painted vertical beams are arranged in three concentric circles as a dimensional mandala, associated with wholeness and healing. As a viewer moves to the center, they will find themselves reflected in the beams' mirror surface, which creates a rhythmic fun house effect. The mandala pattern will also yield sound effects as visitors run their fingers along the carefully placed beams. These flickers, shimmers and sounds activate sensory experiences which are intended to bring viewers back to their own center.
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Rosemont Park | Final 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 |
During Gordon Huether's micro-residency, he learned that one of the officers' main goals is to be recognized as members of the community. To support that goal, the Fort Worth Police Department is actively working to strengthen its relationship to the community. The Preliminary Design includes a sculpture which serves as a metaphor for the officers in blue lifting up the community which is symbolized by the mirror-finished stainless-steel sphere. Commanding yet welcoming, the piece is imagined as a bridge, making two become one.
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South Patrol Division | Final 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. The 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. Figuresâ€...¡ 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 | Fabrication | 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 | Preliminary Design | Jill Bedgood |
Artist Karla Garcia's Preliminary Design for Trail Drivers Park is inspired by migration and the natural landscape. Considering the natural landscape of this park, Garcia chose to reimagine the dandelion, which is known as a wide spreading seed flower. Transforming the distinct "T-shape" clusters of the plant, the proposed sculpture includes instead a series of cattle horns that create a sense of repetition and movement. The resulting larger-than-life mirrored stainless-steel sculpture becomes a symbol of the legacy and history of the area while reflecting today's community as one. The design's reflectivity is intended to create interest from afar while connecting to viewers directly up close.
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Trail Drivers Park | Final Design | Karla Garcia | Trail Driver's Park
The City of Fort Worth is currently designing a Universal Playground at North Park as part of the City of Fort Worth's 2018 Bond Program. A public art project will be created in association with the playground, which will provide accessible play to all children of all abilities. The artwork will be thoughtfully integrated into the playground site conceptually and aesthetically, and imaginative, fitting for children and families. Additionally, the Project Core Team requested the artwork be tactile, explorable, invite creative play and curiosity.
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Universal Playground (North Park) | Preliminary Design | Steve Parker |
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
 
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