PROJECT HIGHLIGHT | Lake Como Park

RDG Dahlquist Art Studio will soon install a sculptural plaza with seating lighting and a pathway at Lake Como Park. The plaza will be anchored by a strong, weathered steel sculpture that will frame the view of Lake Como while celebrating the founding of the park and the roles William H. Wilburn and Amon G. Carter, Sr. played, along with engraved excerpts from the Lake Como Weekly over the years.

This project is the first inspired by the Lake Como Park Public Art Master Plan, developed with input from the community, by artists Anitra Blayton and Mel Ziegler, and adopted by the Fort Worth Art Commission on February 12, 2018.  The plan identifies both aesthetic and functional elements to increase the community’s use and enjoyment of the park through improvements to existing infrastructure and the addition of new park amenities with integral elements commemorating important people and events of the Como Community’s history.

The new square plaza will sit in proximity to the existing pavilion and dock to serve as an invitation to gather and gaze both outward and inward. At its center, a weathering steel sculpture acts as a frame both literally and figuratively for the community. Two of the vertical metal plates, which make up two sides of the frame, echo significant text excerpts from The Lake Como Weekly archives and other historically relevant documents with cut-outs and engravings of excerpts from the Lake Como Weekly over the years. Angled towards the sky, two triangular plates listing Mr. William H. Wilburn Sr., editor of The Lake Como Weekly, and Mr. Amon G. Carter Sr., honor the two men while connecting the frame.

The artists’ Final Design also includes two laminate white oak benches as well as a pathway leading up to the square plaza surface, which is comprised of compacted crushed granite.

The park’s public art master plan describes Lake Como as a place for commemoration with one of its key goals to rejuvenate the historic area. The plan seeks to improve park structure while creating memorial art projects of all artistic mediums to acknowledge the community’s designated heroes, legends, and pioneers thoughtfully and actively as defined by the Lake Como Planning Committee.

About the Artist:

RDG Dahlquist Art Studio, led by architect David Dahlquist and artist Matt Niebuhr, creates thoughtfully integrated site-specific and culturally contextual art experiences into public and private spaces within architecture and the landscape. Their work depends upon many different elements “orchestrated” in a way in which the public is welcomed into and moved by the experience to create memorable destinations and exciting new places.

Fort Worth Public Art looks forward to the installation of this artwork in Spring 2021!

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