Richardson Public Art Commissions
Client: City of Richardson, TX
Location: Richardson, TX
Selected Artists: Jeff Laramore, Ed Carpenter, RE:site
Pictured Above: Micro Macro Mojo by Ed Carpenter, 2018. Rocket by Jeff Laramore, 2012. Photos courtesy of the artists.
In 2011, Via Partnership was invited by the City of Richardson to select an artist for their first public art commission in Richardson, Texas. Subsequent projects managed by Via, including a sculpture by Ed Carpenter, have added to the City’s cultural landscape.
Via worked with the City to develop an artist selection process that would carefully navigate the City’s needs and generate consensus within the community. The first project, commissioned for Heights Park, was guided by two committees: an 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 where the new artwork would be located, 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.
After the adoption of the Master Plan, Via worked 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. Completed in October 2018, Micro Macro Mojo is a 70-foot, lighted glass and steel sculpture marking the entry to the CityLine development and visible from the Central Expressway. Carpenter created an elegant but bold sculpture which appears to change according to the light and the viewers’ perspective. The sculpture appeals to those walking nearby while also marking the location to drivers seeing it from a distance.
Via continues to work with the City of Richardson to commission artwork 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 firefighters 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. These are works are expected to be complete in 2020.