PROJECT HIGHLIGHT |  Do Something Good For Your Neighbor

Artists David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr of RDG Dahlquist Art Studio recently installed a sculptural plaza at Lake Como Park inspired by its natural beauty and rich history. Anchored by a strong, weathering steel sculpture that frames the community literally and figuratively, the work is an invitation to gather and gaze both outward and inward.

This piece honors community leader William H. Wilburn, Sr., Lake Como Park founder and editor of The Lake Como Weekly, and Amon G. Carter, Sr., whose gift of land established Lake Como Park in 1952. Each vertical metal plate that makes up the 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. Angled towards the sky, two triangular plates listing Mr. Wilburn and Mr. Carter honor the two men while connecting the frame. Two hand-carved white oak benches mimicking the surrounding landscape are housed within the sculpture to offer a place for reflection. The work rests on a compacted decomposed granite surface, nestled near the park’s historic pavilion and dock.

Do Something Good For Your Neighbor is the first artwork completed as part of the Lake Como Park Public Art Master Plan, which was developed with community input by artists Anitra Blayton and Mel Ziegler. The plan describes Lake Como as a place for commemoration: it 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. With this in mind, 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.

About the Artists:

RDG Dahlquist Art Studio 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 would like to thank the Lake Como community for their tireless support of this project. Thank you!

Please check back for details regarding the upcoming public dedication event!

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?

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