PROJECT HIGHLIGHT | Westcreek Drive

Artist Volkan Alkanoglu is creating 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 will span 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 is being 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 will include features that improve traction when wet and deter skate boarders. The bridge is being fabricated by Ignition Arts in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the third project collaboration between Alkanoglu and Ignition Arts. Upon completion of fabrication, Ignition Arts will transport the artwork to Fort Worth and handle the installation. The project is expected to be installed and dedicated in the spring of 2020.

About the Fabricator:

Ignition Arts was founded by Brian McCutcheon and Tasker Day, out of a desire to offer high-quality fabrication and project management to clients on creative projects. In addition to providing project management, design development, fabrication and installation services, Ignition Arts pursues partnerships with emerging artists in order to bring a greater variety of creative vision to the public arena. Ignition Arts is partnering with Brownsmith Studios and Lucas Brown, Architect, on design development and project management for the Westcreek Drive project.

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.

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