FEATURED PROJECT . . .
Westcreek Drive Public Art Project
Artist Designed Pedestrian Bridge
Artist Volkan Alkanoglu
“Drift” Bridge, 2017
May 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM
South Hills Christian Church: 3200 Bilglade Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76133
(Part of the South Hills Neighborhood Association monthly meeting)
Anne Allen, Public Art Project Manager
For this site-specific artwork in the South Hills community of Fort Worth, the artist has designed a pedestrian bridge that celebrates the natural elements of the creek and complements the architectural history of the neighborhood. The artist drew inspiration from the mid-century housing stock of the surrounding community, linking it to the innovative work of iconic mid-century designers Charles and Ray Eames. He also looked to the natural qualities of the creek landscape, and included organic “drift-wood like” elements in the design. The goal is to create an elegant, imaginative work of art that utilizes cutting-edge technology.
The bridge seeks to elevate and celebrate the experience of crossing from one side to another, transforming from a geometric form into a curving, organic shape, contemplating the idea of time and motion. As you enter the bridge the walkway widens, offering seating elements for the public to briefly rest and enjoy views of the creek and surrounding landscape. The artwork’s fluid forms make it appear to be in motion, allowing it to change and transform throughout the day.
MATERIALS & STRUCTURE
The structural design is very simple yet unique. The bridge will be fabricated of digitally CNC cut timber profiles in Spanish Cedar and Marine Plywood and stack-laminated into one large volumetric object. The bridge will be approximately 62 feet long and will be ADA compliant. It will have carved handrails, channeling in the floor to allow for water drainage and traction and elements to deter skateboarding. The bridge will be attached to concrete abutments on each side of the embankment, and there will be a transition path from the ends of the bridge to the paved trail.
The artist is working with the highly qualified engineering firm registered in Texas and with the Escobedo Group in Austin, Texas who will be fabricating the bridge
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Volkan Alkanoglu is an architect and designer whose innovative work and academic contributions have received international recognition. He is the founding principal of Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN LLC. Alkanoglu was born in Turkey, raised in Germany, and studied architecture at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and the Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf. He received his Masters in Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK. He is a registered Architect with the AKNW (Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen) in Germany, and a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in the United States.
Alkanoglu has contributed to research in the field of architectural design and sustainable projects and received awards for visionary architectural designs, master plans, art installations and exhibition and product design. Alkanoglu has held a long term faculty position at SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, California. He currently teaches at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in Cambridge.
Fort Worth Public Art is a City of Fort Worth program advised by the Fort Worth Art Commission and managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth. In this 15th Anniversary Year, the FWPA Collection includes over 100 commissioned, acquired and donated artworks located throughout the city. In addition, over 60 public art projects are currently in progress.