Large Cranes, Tractor Trailer Trucks and Artists to Place Three Pieces of Art
Neal Sleeper, President, Cityplace
Sharon Leeber, President, Architectural Arts Company, art consultant
Brad Goldberg, artist, Watertable
Cliff Garten, artist, Tower II
Margo Sawyer, artist, Synchronicity of Color Receptors 2011
Wednesday October 5
9:00 a.m. – approximately 1:00 p.m.
Cityplace superblock, bounded by Central Expressway (east), McKinney Avenue (west), Blackburn (north) and Lemmon (south)
Cityplace President Neal Sleeper and his team will oversee the installation of three large site specific public artworks in the West Village/Cityplace neighborhood. The commissioned pieces will be installed by the artists next Wednesday, October 5 on what is considered to be the final and most important tract of land in the 20-year-long development of Cityplace.
There are three distinct public spaces within the Cityplace site, and each will receive a unique sculpture by a renowned contemporary American artist. The three pieces of sculpture were selected by an art committee of eight people who represented organizations with interest in the area including the Cityplace Area TIF, which is
funding the improvements; the Uptown Public Improvement District, which will maintain the public spaces; the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, as well as the architects and landscape architects who designed the public spaces in which the art will be placed. The sculptors were selected from an initial group of forty contenders presented by art consultant Sharon Leeber. The three artists are Brad Goldberg, Cliff Garten and Margo Sawyer.
The art and related improvements are being paid for by the Cityplace Area TIF District, contributing to Dallas’ growing presence in the national arts community. The project was conceived by and is being managed by Oak Creek Partners, LTD. (the adjoining land owner), acting through Cityplace Company. The improvements are consistent with the intent of the City’s Public/Private Partnership Guidelines and Criteria in that they will encourage development within the Cityplace Area TIF District. The public spaces and the art will be maintained by the Uptown Public Improvement District.
The centerpiece of the successful Cityplace development is the West Village, a pedestrian-friendly mixed use project where retail, dining, and entertainment venues are tucked below residential lease space. The West Village is strategically located between the Arts District and Downtown Dallas to the South, Highland Park to the North, Turtle Creek and the Katy Trail to the West and North Central Expressway to the East. In and around Cityplace, one will find dining, entertainment, shopping, public transportation such as the DART and McKinney Avenue Trolley, and much more. Cityplace has been a development project for the past 20 years, with the final and most important piece of the project under current development.