Sculpting White Rock History

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By Bruce Felps

Well, the White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration might be over but the commemorating could well go on forever.

The city on Tuesday put out a call for artists to submit designs for a commemorative sculpture depicting the lake and its history to place at or near the spillway for all time.

Proposals from professional artists only will be considered, and the selected artist will not be engaged now in a contract with the city of Dallas Public Art Program.

The budget for the completed piece, including installation and lighting, is $272,000. The piece should embrace:

  • The 100-year history of White Rock Lake must be a part of the design.
  • The theme of water conservation and the natural environment near the installation site must be reflected in the design.
  • The desired vertical configuration must be tall enough to be highly visible from the adjacent roadway, Garland Road.
  • The character of White Rock Lake, including the architecture on White Rock Lake Spillway Promenade that runs along Garland Road, must be a part of the design.
  • The materials for the sculpture must be consistent with the materials found at the lake, including the White Rock Lake Spillway Promenade.
  • Lighting to ensure good visibility at night must be planned as a part of the design.
  • The White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture must become an icon for the lake.

Not sure how one “creates” an icon. Seems like that works itself out over time, but OK.

The deadline for submissions rolls up at 5 p.m., Sept. 7.

Contact Kendall Ferguson, public art coordinator, for the full scope of regulations.

Lady of the Lake anyone?


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