New public artwork at WestBend

Fort Worth Business
Written by: Staff

New artwork will be joining the public art program at WestBend, Trademark Property Co.’s mixed-use development in the University District. WestBend is celebrating this program by hosting a #WestBendLove Snap & Seek event at 7 p.m. Thursday July 20.

The 12-new works are from local and national artists and will be joining the second iteration of the rotating photography exhibit provided by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and prior work by local artist Devon Nowlin.

“When it comes to retail places today, it’s all about creating experiences. Carefully curated public art activates a space and makes it unique, all while contributing to the vibe of the neighborhood and the city,” said the CEO of Trademark Property Co., Terry Montesi, in a news release.

The news release says that the new art at WestBend includes:

10 murals by Kyle Steed, a Dallas-based artist. These murals will reference and quote famous Texans. Nine of the murals are located in the parking garage with five elevator vestibule works, three stairwell works (which includes a Willie Nelson quote) and on the exit wall, a Happy Trails mural. There is also a mural near Drybar featuring a Patsy Cline quote.

– A “LOVE” sculpture located in the green space by the Woodhouse Day Spa by San Francisco artist, Laura Kimpton. The sculpture will change color at night thanks to hundreds of LED lights and is optimistic and celebratory. This sculpture is a part of Kimpton’s Monumental World Series which started in 2009 at the Burning Man Festival and has been at other places around the globe.

– The co-founder of Fort Works Art, Lauren Child’s first mural. The mural is entitled “The Little Things” and depicts vibrantly colored and textured succulents. It is located between Woodhouse Day Spa and CorePower Yoga.

– Nine 4-by-6 foot reproductions from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s photography collection. The reproductions are displayed in lightboxes and are on backlit film. This will be the second iteration of the Amon Carter’s art series which is a partnership with WestBend. Each series is curated by the Amon Carter and will be on display for six months.

The prior art includes five photographic murals from TCU graduate and Fort Worth Artist, Devon Nowlin. The news release says that the murals face the Trinity River, Trinity River Trails and Tom Thumb. They illustrate the dining and shopping experience, the natural surroundings of WestBend and health and fitness.

There will be a #WestBendLove Snap & Seek Thursday July 20 and will include artists Lauren Childs and Devon Nowlin. There will also be an Instagram takeover by Kyle Steed.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the free parking garage behind Tyler’s on Level 6. There will be a free swag bag illustrated by Steed for the first 50 guests.

The news release said the events will include:

  • A polaroid scavenger hunt
  • Drinks from HG Sply Co.
  • Frozen treats
  • The opportunity to meet some of the artists
  • Surprises.

For more information and to RSVP click here.

“Most importantly, art is to be enjoyed,” said Montesi in a news release. “We invite our guests to interact with the works and share them with one another, and make them a part of their life. We want WestBend to be an extension of the world-class Fort Worth Arts District.”

WestBend will include 670,000 square feet of walkable urban retail, multi-family, restaurant, office and hospitality space and will offer Trinity River/Trinity Trails connectivity at full build-out. This redevelopment will continue on to phase II and expand onto the adjacent 3.5-acre tract and conceptual planning is underway. The news release said that Bartaco and Warby Parker have announced the opening of new locations at WestBend.

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