FORT WORTH, TX
Located at the Fort Worth East Regional Library, Wildflower is a public artwork inspired by the annual blooming of brightly-colored wildflowers along Texan highways and simultaneously serves as a gateway to the city of Fort Worth. The library building sits on a hill overlooking the intersection of several major highways surround by a vast neutral landscape. We were motivated by three goals: create a piece of art visible amidst the monotony of the adjacent freeways, enhance the grounds of the library building and site, and create a new explorable destination. Knowing that the initial viewing experience would be from the seat of a car speeding along the highway and adjacent feeder road, we dispersed the artwork into a grouping of elements better suited to the scale of the landscape. The aggregate appears as a single visual element when
driving by at high-speed yet begins to unfold into a series of groups and individual elements when visited in person. We wanted to find a way to offer multiple perspectives to naturally draw the eye and reward curiosity.
The sculpture is composed of common structural steel shapes finished in brightly-colored pearlescent automotive paint, which resists the harsh sun rays and is multidimensional to the eye. These shapes are vertically cantilevered out of the ground, as if growing naturally, and framed by newly planted crepe myrtle trees. Like a field of wildflowers, these verticals take on red and violet colors, enhancing their visibility from a distance. Similar to how the local agrarian fields are seen from roadways, the individual pieces are arranged to appear randomly placed from a distance but reveal a uniform structure as the driver approaches. It is a grid with intention.
Once at the library building, the piece encourages visitors to pause, peruse and explore. Visitors
define individual pathways as they meander through the field of verticals. The curious who stop
to visit the field of art find an unexpected treasure inscribed on several pieces—literary quotes
collaboratively selected with the local community.