Fort Worth-based Artist Kris Pierce will create a series of three permanent sculptural concrete plinths for grounds of the Fort Worth Community Art Center (FWCAC), which will facilitate a temporary art initiative recommended in the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update as an excellent "training opportunity for artists new to public art". This program will provide professional experience and extend public art opportunities to local and regional artists through a partnership with the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc., and provide continuity in the Cultural District, complementing existing outdoor permanent sculpture exhibition at each of the five museums.
Inspired by the alphabet designed by FWCAC building architect Herbert Bayer, the design will honor and live in harmony with the spirit of the building's original Bauhaus informed architecture. The universal ideas of balance and functionality that drove Modernism is echoed in the plinths, which will be visually pleasing sculptures on their own while also serving as functional bases for temporary sculpture. An engineered attachment method will secure sculptures while on view in the outdoor exhibition space.
The Fort Worth Cultural District's world renowned architecture began with and is anchored by the then-titled Fort Worth Art Center (1954-2002), which was the first museum in the area. In 2002, City Council adopted Resolution No. 2886, renaming the building the FWCAC, which today is a dynamic arts space with both curated and sponsored exhibitions and performances, attracting nearly 100,000 visitors every year.
On November 28, 2017, Kris Pierce was placed under a Final Design Agreement in the amount of $9,600.00.
Fort Worth Art Commission (FWAC) Action: On December 10, 2018, the FWAC approved the artist's final design and recommended the artist to be placed under an Artwork Commission Contract.
Funding for the project has been allocated from the 2004 Bond Program, Proposition 1 and the project was included in the Fort Worth Public Art Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Work Plan adopted by the City Council on October 17, 2017, as Mayor and Council Communication (M&C G-19139).
Final Design (complete)
Commission and Contingency
2004 Bond Program, Proposition 1
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.
Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Shingleton concurs with the FWAC's recommendation to commission the fabrication, delivery and installation of three sculptural plinths for the FWCAC.