Dallas Art

Peek at the museum-quality art installed in downtown Dallas' Park District

Brad Oldham
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Park District
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Park District
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Park District
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Five new works of art have been permanently installed at Park District, a mixed-use development at 2121 N Pearl St.

The collection includes works by national and international artists including Danish-Icelandic conceptual artist Olafur Eliasson, British multidisciplinary artist Billy Childish,  and American painter and printmaker Jennifer Bartlett.

The fifth commissioned artwork was created by Dallas-based duo Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin.

Twist (pictured above) is a mirror-polished stainless steel and granite sculpture that offers an intriguing point of interest within the center of the plaza.

Oldham and Coltrin specialize in site-specific artworks, most often in a large-scale, stainless-steel format. For Park District, they rotated a conventional water-wall concept to capture and accentuate the surrounding environment while encouraging interaction with the viewer.

Twist was meticulously handcrafted by hammering the stainless steel into shape, then hand-sanding and polishing the sculpture to a highly reflective finish. The sculpture rests on a custom water feature of Fuerstenstein granite from the Bavarian region of Germany.

The Breathing Moon, by Olafur Eliasson

Internationally known for his immersive art installations, Eliasson examines consciousness and cultural conditions, and how they define human interaction and our perception of the world around us. This wall-based sculpture consists of 24 crystal spheres, employing reflective chrome and black paint to infer the phases of the moon.

The mirrored surface encourages interaction and offers an ever-changing appearance that responds to viewer movements and changing light within the space.

Prior to its permanent installation at Park District, Breathing Moon was on loan for an exhibition at the Guggenheim, Bilbao.

Cypress Trees, Billy Childish

Based in Whitstable, England, multidisciplinary artist Billy Childish is recognized for his introspective, autobiographic, and emotive work.

Cypress Trees is an excellent example of his signature fluid and gestural painting technique. A serene yet visually active scene of cypress trees, it illustrates an intuitive and free painting process reminiscent of the Expressionistic style.

His largest paintings to date, Billy Childish created Cypress Trees and Cypress Swamp specifically for Park District.

Cypress Swamp, Billy Childish

Childish’s work is included in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has also exhibited extensively including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and the Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas.

Amagansett Diptych, 2007 by Jennifer Bartlett
Bartlett is a New York-based artist whose paintings, drawings, and prints can be found in collections locally and internationally including the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Tate Gallery in London.

In Amagansett Diptych, Bartlett compares parallel perspectives drawing on imagery from regional landscape as well as her own home and garden.

She combines abstracted painting techniques with representational imagery. Cross-hatching technique is applied in deep, contrasting colors to form an implied texture to the life-sized skyscape.