Under this final design and commission contract, the artists will finalize design and provide structural engineering for artwork to be located in the roundabout on East Rosedale Street at Mitchell Boulevard. Upon approval of the final design, the artists will fabricate, deliver and install the artwork. The artwork will consist of a sculpture in the form of a carousel, with six large, colorful parrots, a reference to the mascot of nearby Polytechnic High School. The stationary carousel will be experienced by motorists driving around it. The carousel serves as a metaphor for the circle of life. Its theatrical quality references the Jubilee Theatre, which was established in this area, and the theatre department at Texas Wesleyan University (Wesleyan), while the classic brass rings and the mascot are symbols of striving and education.
Background and Art Commission Action:
On July 9, 2012, Artist Donna Dobberfuhl was competitively selected for the project and the Artist team of Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii were selected as the project alternate through a process outlined in the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan and conducted by the contract manager with oversight of the Fort Worth Art Commission (FWAC). On December 18, 2013, Donna Dobberfuhl chose not to continue with the project; therefore, on January 13, 2014, the FWAC recommended that the project alternate artist team of Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii become the Artists on the project. On March 27, 2014, the City entered into a contract with Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, LLC, to develop a preliminary artwork design for the Site (Fort Worth City Secretary Contract No. 45461).
On November 10, 2014, the Artists presented a preliminary design, entitled Polyhedron, to project stakeholders for input and to the FWAC for approval. In response to stakeholders' input at the meeting that the concept did not respond to the architectural context of the Wesleyan campus and surrounding community, the FWAC requested the Artists seek further community input. Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray requested a second preliminary design be developed that would address the stakeholders' concern and that both preliminary designs be presented to a large cross-section of the community for input, prior to the FWAC approving either design. On December 8, 2014, the FWAC concurred with Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray's request and approved revising the Artist's preliminary design contract to include the development of a second preliminary design.
After conducting additional research on the community, its cultural origins and its architecture, the Artists developed a preliminary design, entitled Carousel, and presented it along with Polyhedron to the community and stakeholders on December 14, 2015. Carousel was also presented to the FWAC on December 14, 2015. The FWAC expressed strong interest in the use of Polyhedron rather than Carousel. At a community meeting held on December 16, 2015, stakeholders in attendance favored Carousel due to its references to education and its recognizable imagery.
On January 11, 2016, the FWAC voted 4 to 1 to approve the Artist's preliminary design for Polyhedron. However, acknowledging the community's preference for Carousel, the FWAC asked the Artists to revise Carousel to fit the Site and the budget and then present the revised Carousel to the community for input. On August 29, 2016, the revised Carousel preliminary design was presented to the community and stakeholders, who responded favorably.
Although the FWAC voted in favor of Polyhedron, Staff recommends entering into the final design and commission contract for Carousel based on community and stakeholder feedback as well as the Councilmember's support.
This project is included in the Fort Worth Public Art Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Work Plan, which was adopted by City Council on October 25, 2016 as Mayor and Council Communication (M&C G-18867).
Project budget and funding sources are as follows:
|First Artist / Preliminary and Final Design (Completed) |
|Second Artist / Preliminary Design (Completed) |
|Amendments to Preliminary Design (For a 2nd Concept and Travel; Completed|
Total Expended Preliminary Design/Second Artist
|Final Design and Commission |
|Total Project Budget (Including First Artist)|
|2004 CIP (Proposition 1)||$ 222,644.65|
|Total ||$ 222,644.65|
M/WBE Office - The City's overall M/WBE goal for the Fort Worth Public Art Program is 25 percent of total capital project dollars expended on public art annually.
Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray concurs with the community's desire to proceed with final design and commissioning of the Carousel preliminary design for the Site.
This project is located in COUNCIL DISTRICT 8, Mapsco 78J.