PROJECT HIGHLIGHT | Beauty in Becoming

Beauty in Becoming, a site-specific artwork in five parts by Fort Worth artist Lynné Bowman Cravens, the artwork was commissioned by Fort Worth Public Act, the City’s public art program managed by Arts Fort Worth, with funds from the 2014 Bond. It was installed in early August along Forest Park Boulevard adjacent to the South Holly Water Treatment Plant and officially dedicated on October 22, 2022.

Comprised of a series of five sculptures, each one representing a step in folding an origami Scissor-tailed Flycatcher bird. The five aluminum sculptures are each 8-feet high and painted in a white automotive paint to contrast with the colors of the sky, the levee, and nearby Trinity Park.

Cravens is a fine art photographer investigating autobiographical narratives through contemporary self-portraiture. She has long utilized elements of origami in her ongoing studio practice and was inspired by the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers she saw on an early visit to the site. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher’s habitat is specific to Texas, Oklahoma, parts of other southern states and Mexico and it can readily be found along the Trinity River during the spring and summer months. Known as the Texas Bird of Paradise, the imagery ties this artwork uniquely to its site and our region.

Conceived as an artwork to be primarily viewed by drivers along Forest Park Boulevard, the sculptures also act as a traffic calming device for commuters as they make their way in and out of downtown along this beautiful river corridor. The artwork is also visible to trail users in Trinity Park.

Beauty in Becoming was fabricated by Ion Art, Inc., which was founded in Austin in 1986 for the purpose of creating neon art. The company has since expanded into the design and custom fabrication of sculpture and architectural décor with more than 35 years of implementing creative projects of all sizes.


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