FEATURED PROJECT. . .
Chisholm Trail Parkway Public Art
By Norie Sato
Trinity Water Fowls:
Phase II of the Chisholm Trail Parkway Public Art project has been installed at the major crossing of the Clear Fork Tributary and the Chisholm Trail Parkway. Six bridge monuments feature mosaics of twelve different species of water bird from the greater Trinity River Watershed have recently been completed.
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.
Artist Norie Sato and a team of artisans from Franz Mayer of Munich arrived in Fort Worth in mid-October, 2015 to install the mosaics on the monuments, and the mosaics for the last two Water Crossing Markers, numbers 7 and 8.
Water Crossing Markers:
Phase I of the project began in 2014 with the installation of eight out of the ten Water Crossing Markers along the Chisholm Trail Parkway.
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.
As we traverse the Chisholm Trail Parkway, we traverse ten streams and tributaries.
By marking where the parkway crosses water, artist Norie Sato makes them visible, and brings attention to the Trinity River Watershed and how the movement of water relates to the movement of people.
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 diagram showing its location as it relates to the parkway.
The images of birds, reptiles, fish and insects are created in stunning glass mosaic. The original photographs of the wildlife were taken by amature and professional North Texas photographers, who collaborated with Sato for this project.
Each marker has a sculptureal "cap" that represents human interaction with water at various times in history.
Details about the Dedication Ceremony for the Chisholm Trail Parkway Public Art Project coming soon!