Memory: Fairmount Park







The Fairmount Neighborhood Association was awarded a public art project through Community ID: Public Art in Neighborhoods (CID), an initiative of Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) that provides an opportunity for community groups to nominate city-owned sites for public art projects. Pictured above is his design for the artwork.

 This piece, entitled "Memory: Fairmount Park," seeks to reveal the latent history of the park. There were six houses that occupied the block and were removed to create the park in 1990, shortly before the historic district was formed. The residences were an integral part of Fairmount, and can be seen in historic aerial photos and fire insurance maps for 75 years prior to their demolition. The only evidence of the homeson site today is a couple rusted pipes that peak through the soil.

"Memory: Fairmount Park" is a visual reference to the historic neighborhood fabric. The addresses of the demolished houses are demarcated along 5th and Henderson. Along Henderson, sculptural stepped tables are located where the steps and porches of the three houses once stood. It re-establishes a gathering space for neighbors and visitors. Basalt gravel paths reveal the absence of walks that approached the houses.  Tree canopies provide shade, where once broad porches protected residents and guests. The three trees provide different color throughout the seasons to honor the individual character of the houses, once part of Fairmount.

Bart Shaw is based in Fort Worth, Texas. His work has been published in Texas Architect, 360 West Magazine, Indulge Magazine, and Faith and Form Magazine. In 2010, Shaw was a finalist in an International Holocaust Memorial Competition juried by Richard Meier and Daniel Libeskind. His works exhibit strong conceptual expression that resonates through his competition, commercial, retail and residential work. In 2012, Bart Shaw, AIA served as the President of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Memory: Fairmount Park was recently awarded a Studio Design Award by the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  Installation of the artwork is currently underway in Fairmount Park. 


The Dedication for this piece will be held on Saturday, Arpil 11, 2015 at Fairmount Park at 10:00 am. The dedicaton is hosted by the Fairmount Neighborhood Association.