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 |
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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Bonnie Brae Street | Preliminary Design | Peter Busby | Bonnie Brae Street
Design enhancements for the southern Lebow Channel Watershed Improvement project, including for 3 vehicular bridges.
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Brennan Avenue Bridge | Installation | Leticia Huerta | Integral concrete bas reliefs and mosaic sidewalk medallions | Brennan Avenue (in Trail Drivers Park)
"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
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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Como Community Center | Fabrication | Adam Neese | Glass | Como Community Center
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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Diamond Hill Community Center | Preliminary 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 wildflowers 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 Texas wildflowers and Crepe Myrtle species, the design features approximately ninety verticals that will be painted in various shades of pink, orange, and red.
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East Regional Library | Pending | Fyoog | Painted Aluminum | 6301 Bridge Street, 76112
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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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. Representatives of the Fort Worth Library Department noted that the artwork could be an interior or exterior piece, though an exterior piece is more visually accessible to the general public.
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Far Southwest Library | Planning | Artist TBD | Southeast corner of 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
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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Fire Station #43 | Preliminary Design | Marshall Harris | Fire Station #43
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, nother 35 "longhorn/birds" mounted under the I-30 bridge with 5 emerging from the underpass.
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Hemphill-Lamar Connector | Pending | Dan Corson / Kiboworks | 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 | Final Design | RDG Dahlquist Art Studio | Corten Steel Sculpture with Wood Benches | Lake Como Park
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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Magnolia Avenue | Preliminary 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
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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North Animal Care & Service Center | Preliminary Design | Julie Richey | North Service Center
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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North Beach Street | Fabrication | Christopher Fennell | Upcycled Materials | North Beach Corridor
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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Northwest Community Park | Fabrication | Animalis Works, LLC. | Stainless Steel with Embedded Crystal Prisms | Northwest Community Park
Known for their expertise in incorporating native plants and grasses into residential and commercial garden design, Redenta’s Landscape Design 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
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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Pioneer Tower | Artist Selection | DooEun Choi, Curator | Projection Mapping Videos | 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
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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Precinct Line Road and Bridge | Fabrication | Sally Weber | Precinct Line and Trinity Blvd
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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Public Safety & Municipal Court Building | Fabrication | Riley Holloway | Glass | Fort Worth Municipal Court
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 | Final Design | Joe O'Connell Creative Machines, Inc. | Glass, stainless steel and LEDs | Eastside Library
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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Rockwood Clubhouse | Preliminary Design | Laura Walters | Rockwood Clubhouse
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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Rockwood Park | Fabrication | Mike Ross | Recycled Aluminum | Rockwood Park 701 N University Dr Fort Worth, TX 76114
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
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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Six Points Urban Village | Installation | Eric McGehearty | Race Street and Riverside Drive
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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South Patrol Division | Artist Selection | Artist TBD |
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 |
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. The project is expected to install in Spring 2020.
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Westcreek Drive | Fabrication | Volkan Alkanoglu | Spanish Cedar | Westcreek Drive