Artist Norie Sato reveals the design process behind her ambitious public artwork for the Chisholm Trail Parkway, currently under construction. Large-scale mosaic murals titled Trinity Water Fowl will be installed on six monuments on a new bridge near I-30 and University Drive.
A series of ten mosaic-clad columnar sculptures titled Trinity Watershed Crossing Markers featuring flora and fauna of the watershed environment will mark the points at which tributaries cross under the 8-mile parkway from I-30 to FM 1187.Norie Sato has selected work by local photographers to inspire her designs which will be part of the exhibition.
The exhibition runs from May 3 through June 29, 2013. A gallery talk with artist Norie Sato will take place in early June. Details to come.
In 2005, City Council adopted the Corridor Master Plan – a collaborative effort of the City, the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to establish aesthetic design for the Parkway and harmonize it with the urban and natural conditions of the area. The Corridor Art Plan by artist Lorna Jordan, which was included in the Corridor Master Plan, identified public art opportunities and recommended that artists consider the Parkway's place within the Trinity River Watershed to provide viewers with meaningful aesthetic and perceptual experiences.
In the Spring of 2005, the SH-121T Citizen Advisory Group's (CAG) Art Committee selected artists Norie Sato and Lorna Jordan. After adoption of the Corridor Master Plan, Sato was engaged to develop conceptual design proposals for various sites. Throughout the preliminary design process, Sato has coordinated closely with HOK Architects (Parkway), Gideon Toal (Bridge Monuments), Kimley-Horn and NTTA to insure the feasibility of her concepts. On July 9, 2012, the CAG Art Committee endorsed Sato's concepts and the Fort Worth Art Commission recommended that Sato proceed into the Final Design phase. The Fort Worth City Council authorized the Final Design Contract on January 8, 2013.