Artist Volkan Alkanoglu has created a site-specific pedestrian bridge to span the culvert along Westcreek Drive, helping enhance pedestrian connectivity from the new Westcreek Drive walking path to the Trinity Trails via Kellis Park, Foster Park and Overton Park. Entitled Drift, the bridge is inspired by the natural formations in and along the creek and the mid-century architecture of the neighborhood. It spans the creek approximately midway between Bilglade and Interstate 20, adjacent to Martin Lydon Avenue on the east and Cordone Court on the west. At 58 feet long and 12 feet wide, the bridge transforms from a smooth 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 was fabricated using methods similar to ship-building, with a steel skeleton completely sheathed inside and out in reddish-gold Spanish Cedar. There will be slight gaps left between cedar boards to allow for expansion and contraction but narrow enough that the steel understructure is not visible. The Spanish Cedar will be sanded to a smooth satin texture and treated with an oil finish. The bridge floor includes features that improve traction when wet and deter skateboarders.

The bridge was fabricated by Ignition Arts in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the third project collaboration between Alkanoglu and Ignition Arts. Upon completion of fabrication, Ignition Arts transported the artwork to Fort Worth. The project was installed on June 22, 2021, and will be dedicated June 4, 2022.

About the Artist:

Volkan Alkanoglu is an artist and architect based in Portland, Oregon, where he is the founding principal of the practice VA | DESIGN. His work is focused on the pursuit of unique forms through spatial, material and technological explorations. Alkanoglu’s work is included in the collections of institutions including Clemson University, Boston, MA (Clippership Wharf); University of Maryland in Baltimore; Yeshiva Museum in New York; Fort Lauderdale International Airport; University of Oregon in Eugene; Salt Lake Community College; Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids; Washington Metropolitan Police Training Facility; Fort Lewis College in Durango and the University of Colorado in Denver.

He  previously served as the Director for Graduate Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, and on the design faculty at SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, CA and at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, MA.


Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time

Where: The 3500 block of Westcreek Drive, 76133 (opposite Martin Lydon Avenue) and live-streamed on Facebook and Instagram

Operating at the intersection of public art, infrastructure, and architecture this artist-designed pedestrian bridge is a community-driven, site-specific project.

The dedication will be outdoors and in-person, rain or shine. Wear your walking shoes—there will be a casual, I mile, fun run/walk immediately following the dedication.


See projects currently underway by visiting the Art In Progress page.