PLANNING CONSULTANTS | Joshua King & Shane Pennington
In June 2018, JTK Studios LLC and SP Studio LLC were brought on board as Planning Consultants for the Pioneer Tower Iconic Public Art Project based on their decade long experience presenting visionary artists’ work to the North Texas community free of charge at the AURORA Biennial.
In 2010, artists Joshua King and Shane Pennington co-founded Aurora with Veletta Forsythe Lill and serve as its managing and creative directors. To date, the biennial event has attracted more than 170,000 visitors, and has commissioned and presented over 300 local and international artists. Aurora has expanded over the years from a small public arts organization to a multifaceted institution with the ability to give back to artists and creatives in the region. Beginning in November 2020 through 2021, Aurora is presenting a variety of free, remote and socially-distanced events in response to COVID-19.
For the Pioneer Tower Iconic Public Art Project, King and Pennington worked with the City of Fort Worth’s architectural consultant to specify art infrastructure, including electric and data connections on all four sides of the tower to support powerful video projection equipment. In addition, they produced a 3D scan of the tower that the commissioned artists are using to format their projection mapping video artworks. In Spring 2019, they presented qualifications of new media curators and facilitated the selection of DooEun Choi, who later recommended artists Refik Anadol and Quayola for the project. King and Pennington are coordinating technical aspects with them as their artworks are being developed in preparation for projection on the facades of Pioneer Tower in 2021.