Pier as Art

Nasher Sculpture Center heads to West Dallas for third Xchange installment

Nasher Sculpture Center heads to West Dallas for Xchange installment

Rendering of Ugo Rondinone pier for Nasher Xchange program
Rendering of Ugo Rondinone's colorful pier he's designing for the Nasher Xchange program. Photo courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center
Fish Trap Lake in West Dallas
Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's pier will extend out from the east shore of Fish Trap Lake, just outside the headquarters of the Dallas Housing Authority. Photo by Alison V. Smith for the Nasher Sculpture Center
Ugo Rondinone moonrise east
Ugo Rondinone's Moonrise. East​, a 2008 public art project in Basel, Switzerland. Photo courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center
Rendering of Ugo Rondinone pier for Nasher Xchange program
Fish Trap Lake in West Dallas
Ugo Rondinone moonrise east

The Nasher Sculpture Center continued its summer-long rollout of its upcoming 10th anniversary Xchange program Saturday, announcing that Fish Trap Lake in West Dallas would the location of the third sculpture in the series, this one by New York-based Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.

Rondinone's plan is deceptively simple: He is constructing a pier that will extend out onto the lake from the headquarters of the Dallas Housing Authority, facing west. However, the pier will be painted in colors like turquoise, yellow and red, making it unlike any pier you'd expect at a lake.

Rondinone is taking inspiration from his childhood in Switzerland, where he grew up near a lake. He envisions the experience of being on this pier to be one of contemplation and introspection, where anyone on the pier can become inspired by the colors and the surrounding area.

Although Fish Trap Lake is a relatively small, plain-looking body of water, its location is significant in the artistic history of Dallas. It was once part of La Reunion, a mid-1800s art enclave comprising French, Belgian and Swiss settlers. The lake is named after the fishing technique La Reunion's inhabitants used in the Trinity River.

Rondinone's pier joins Ruben Ochoa's reclaimed material sculpture at the Trinity River Audubon Center and Rick Lowe's "social sculpture" in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood as the three announced Xchange pieces. The remaining seven artworks will be announced in the coming weeks.