Surls is a major artist who built his career in Texas. His sculptures, drawings and prints, which reflect his unique sensibility to natural forms, are in major art museums and public and private collections throughout the world, including the Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; the country of Singapore; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, DC; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Acquired through a direct purchase process, Vase With Nine Flowers was completed in 2015 and selected with input from Cultural District Stakeholders from among several available outdoor Surls’ sculptures fitting for the Cultural District.
Standing 17 feet tall and 6 ½ feet wide, the abstracted floral sculpture in Surls’ characteristic style will provide an aesthetic and meaningful focal point along Montgomery Street — a gateway into the Cultural District, the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, and the new Dickies Arena.
The artist’s studio delivered the artwork to Fort Worth, where the installation was handled by Displays Fine Art Services, LLC, a local art-handling company with expertise on large-scale sculptural installations.
The artwork will be dedicated later this year at a date and time to be determined.
This artwork was funded by the 2008 Bond Program and the 2007 Critical Capital Needs Program.