See the new public art sculpture at Chisholm Trail Community Park

Published on April 09, 2021

the art piece with the park in the background

Art + Knowledge is a newly installed public art sculpture at Chisholm Trail Community Park in south Fort Worth. San Antonio artist Jill Bedgood was commissioned by the Public Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County to develop, design and fabricate art focusing on the natural prairie environment.

Guided by ecological input from the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Flora & Fauna -- a metaphor for the dependency of the community and ecosystems -- overlooks the prairie, located in the northwest area of the park near the entrance from the neighborhood.

Pond, referencing the importance of water to sustain life and as a gathering communal space, focuses attention on the pond in the northwest section of the park.

The metal frame of Flora & Fauna is informed by the concept of duality and dependence of plant and animal life for existence, as well as the Argiope spider's web; for example, the relationship of monarch butterflies and milkweed.

The Earth in Pond is centrally located to communicate the hub of water-food for fish, mammals and birds, with its unique ecosystem within the park; the discs bubble out from the water in a concentric design. The unique watercolor-ink drawings are reproduced on steel porcelain enamel.

A third sculpture, Prairie, is in process and will be located on the south end of the prairie.

The art, park and community center are located at 4936 McPherson Blvd.



Photo: Celebrating the park’s natural prairie, the art illuminates the ecosystems of the prairie: geology, hydrology, flora and fauna.



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