FEATURED PROJECT. . .
Chisholm Trail Parkway Public Art
By Norie Sato
Trinity Water Fowls:
Six bridge monuments feature mosaics of twelve different species of water bird from the greater Trinity River Watershed were completed in the fall of 2015.
Each mosaic on these monuments is over eight feet tall and five and a half feet wide, and made from of a combination of glass and natural stone tiles. The design of the bridge monuments is inspired from the Will Rogers Memorial, built in 1936 in the Art Deco style.
Referencing the similar movements of humans and water, the mosaics are visible both to pedestrians in Trinity Park, and motorists on the parkway. To inspire the designs, Sato issued a call for photographs of wildlife native to the Trinity River Watershed by North Texas photographers.
Water Crossing Markers:
The Trinity River in Fort Worth is fed by many streams and tributaries, which can be found all across the watershed. Sometimes these bodies of water flow underground and below bridges or embankments, never seen by people.
Ten Water Crossing Markers along the Chisholm Trail Parkway denote points where the new parkway traverses streams and tributaries of the Trinity River, as a reminder to motorists of the rich ecosystem that exists, often invisibly, alongside the built human environment.
Starting at the Montgomery Street westbound entrance ramp, and reaching south to the Fort Worth City Limits, ten columnar markers along the Parkway mark ten locations where the Parkway crosses water. They create a series of related elements along the parkway.
Each marker features image of a creature from the Trinity River Watershed, and a schematic design showing its location in relation to the parkway.
Each marker has a sculptureal "cap" that represents the different ways humans interact with water.