COLLECTION |  Do Something Good For Your Neighbor

The artistic sculptural plaza at Lake Como Park by RDG Dahlquist Art Studio is inspired by the location’s natural beauty and rich history. Anchored by a strong, weathering steel sculpture that frames the community literally and figuratively, Do Something Good For Your Neighbor 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 received the AIA Iowa Chapter – Excellence Design Merit Award. Read more about this project as featured in the Fort Worth Report.

This public art project was funded by the 2004 Bond Program. It was dedicated to the City of Fort Worth on December 4, 2021.

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.

Fort Worth Public Art would like to extend a heartfelt thank you the Como Community for their tireless support of this project!

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