Burning Bright, a pixelated panther sculpture measuring nearly 7 feet tall and over 71 feet in length, is to be installed on the exterior screen walls of Fire Station No. 42. Each of the 813 powder-coated steel pixels making up the sculpture measures 5 inches x 5 inches. A stainless steel armature holds each pixel at varying distances up to 4 inches from the wall to create a low-relief dimensionality.
Inspired by Fort Worth's nickname Panther City, the pixelated panther is a metaphor for the City and its growth. Instead of depicting the panther asleep as he is in the famous quote, artist Shaw Smith has chosen to depict him running with speed and purpose as a reflection of the firefighters and their remarkably fast response time. The tail end of the panther is heavily pixelated and broken into small fragmented pieces that gradually form together into the solid structure of the head of the panther. The artist sees this as a metaphor for the individual small towns in the area growing together to create a single community, moving forward with purpose and strength.
The colors of the panther are abstractions of the colors of the natural panthers found in Texas. To further reflect the community in the design the sculpture is made up of 31 different colors, each of which is actually taken from areas near Spinks Airport, and around Council District 6. They also include accents of the gold, blue, and red from the firefighters' shield, and white from their unique fire trucks.
On January 16, 2018, Shawn Smith was placed under a Preliminary Design Agreement (City Secretary Contract No. 50183). Upon Fort Worth Art Commission (FWAC) approval on June 11, 2018, Shawn Smith entered a Final Design Agreement (City Secretary Contract No. 51083) on August 9, 2018. Together these contracts totaled $19,272.55.
FWAC Action: On November 12, 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 2014 Bond Program, Proposition 4, and the project was included in the Fort Worth Public Art Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Work Plan adopted by City Council on November 6, 2018, as M&C G-19412.
|Preliminary Design (complete) |
|CSC # 50183|
|Final Design (complete)|
|CSC # 51083|
|Commission and Contingency|
|2014 Bond Program, Proposition 4|
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.
Council Member Jungus Jordan concurs with the Art Commission's recommendation to commission the fabrication, delivery, and installation of the artwork for Fire Station No. 42.