COLLECTION | Untitled (Plinths)

Untitled (Plinths), a series of three cast-concrete sculptures by local artist Kris Pierce, permanently installed at the Fort Worth Community Art Center, was dedicated on December 6, 2019.

The world-renowned architecture of Fort Worth’s cultural district anchors the vast collections housed within the walls. The universal ideas of balance and functionality driving Modernism echoed Fort Worth’s ambition to become a modern city. The building that now houses the Fort Worth Community Arts Center was a pioneer in establishing the city’s presence on the national stage. Herbert Bayer, an artist, designer, and seminal member of the avant-garde Bauhaus school in Germany, was the principal designer of the Fort Worth Art Center, now known as the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC), in 1954. He approached every design solution with an artist’s eye and understood each project’s place in history.

Kris Pierce was commissioned to design a set of plinths in service to an ongoing sculpture program at the Arts Center. His design for the plinths was derived from Herbert Bayer’s universal alphabet (1925), and arrived at through a process of repetition, redaction, and refinement. This process was done in attempt to connect the final plinth forms to the original building’s Modernist aesthetic and resurrect its presence on the site. Cast concrete, the plinths’ material is intended to sit in subtle dialogue with other museums in the cultural district. Herbert Bayer’s design anchored the subsequent structures that now populate the district. It is this larger idea that conceptually anchors the plinths’ design and purpose, supporting generations of artists’ work to come.

Pierce offers: “The project was a really unique opportunity to surface the interesting history and architecture of what is now the FWCAC. I’m hoping the core ideas anchoring the design will connect to its past and inform its future.”

Sculptures in and of themselves, each plinth will soon serve as a pedestal for the Arts Council’s new temporary sculpture exhibition program and complement the existing outdoor permanent sculpture exhibitions at each of the five museums within the Cultural District. The program is expected to make its debut next spring, with the generous support of sponsors Sheila and Houston Hill. Arts Council exhibitions manager Giovanni Valderas will curate the inaugural show.

This project was commissioned through Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) and funded by remaining 2004 Bond Program public art funds, which made the acquisition and installation of Hats by Cam Schoepp at the FWCAC possible. The work was dedicated to the City of Fort Worth on December 6, 2019.

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