Heights Park Public Art
Client: City of Richardson, TX
Location: Richardson, TX
Selected Artist: Jeff Laramore
Pictured Above: Rocket by Jeff Laramore, 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist.
In 2011, Via Partnership was invited by the City of Richardson to select an artist for their first public art commission in Richardson, Texas, a project with the unique challenge to incorporate a piece of rocketship playground equipment, cherished by members of the community.
Via worked with the City to develop a process that would carefully navigate the City’s needs and generate consensus within the community. The project was guided by two committees: and internal stakeholder group consisting of relevant City department representatives and project managers and an external stakeholder group consisting of representatives from the neighborhoods surrounding the park, the Parks Commission, Arts Commission and arts community leaders. The process resulted in an artwork by Jeff Laramore, Rocket, for which there was broad-based community praise.
In 2014, Via was brought back to Richardson to consult with the City on the development of a Public Art Master Plan. The plan was adopted by City Council in early 2015.
Via is currently working with the City of Richardson and the developer Fobare Properties to commission an iconic artwork for the City’s Telecom Corridor by artist Ed Carpenter. Carpenter’s 70-foot, lighted glass and steel sculpture will be an entry to the CityLine development and visible from the Central Expressway.
Via is also working with the City of Richardson to commission work for the City’s new Public Safety Campus, comprised of three buildings that include a Police Headquarters, Detention Center, 911 Call Center, Fire Station #1 and Fire Administration. Texas-based RE:site was selected to create three works of art for the campus that both honor the role police and fire play in keeping the community safe and enhance the visual environment for the public at large visiting the campus and passing by on Main Street.