黄瓜社区

Do Something
GOOD for Your
Neighbor

Client
Arts Council of Fort Worth, Texas
Location
Fort Worth, TX
Completion date
August 2021

Inspired by the natural beauty and rich history of Lake Como Park, this public art installation honors local community leaders and celebrates the community.

This artistic sculptural plaza invites people to gather and gaze both outward and inward. 

At its center, a weathering steel sculpture acts as a literal and figurative frame for the community. The 鈥榞ap鈥 in the frame, bridged by the recognition of community leaders, shines a light on work that鈥檚 been accomplished while also suggesting there is more to do. Benches, which are custom carved from 100-year-old white oak, offer visitors a place to sit and reflect. 

The structure is engraved with significant text excerpts from The Lake Como Weekly archives and other historically relevant documents. Selected words and phrases emphasize themes of community and identify significant historical community leaders, including the editor and founder of The Lake Como Weekly, William H. Wilburn Sr., and Amon G. Carter Sr., the land donor who helped establish Lake Como Park.

This is an original artwork commissioned by and included in the public art collection of the City of Fort Worth, Texas.

Public Art

Stakeholders sought to reinforce the identity of this diverse community鈥檚 beloved lake park as the heartbeat of the neighborhood 鈥 a place for everyone to come together.

Calling for an installation that, 鈥溾 protects the beauty of Lake Como and recognizes its community鈥檚 heritage as a profound authority for the City of Fort Worth,鈥 The Lake Como Public Art Master Plan prescribed a project with soul, spirit, mind, and heart. Key themes are highlighted in the engraved steel panels, as written by the Lake Como Weekly editor himself, 鈥淭here should be a place where everyone can go鈥or after all, we are all human beings, all striving to live in peace and harmony together.鈥

As the Lake Como Community leaders stated, 鈥淭oday, our historic African American Community celebrates the Lake Como pioneers, legends, and heroes, and embraces the diversity of our evolving community.鈥 鈥淒o Something Good for Your Neighbor鈥 will celebrate that vision for generations to come.

The piece was designed and influenced by community stakeholder engagement, research of the archives of The Lake Como Weekly and multiple visits to the site creating an installation that reflects the communities desire to honor its past, consider the present and reach out to future residents and visitors expressing shared values best summed up by The Lake Como Weekly鈥檚 masthead artwork and namesake of the project: 鈥淒o something GOOD for your Neighbor鈥.

Lighting Design

Lighting brings life and welcome to the art installation at night.

LED lighting creates a low-glare environment that illuminates the art piece while also minimizing lighting glare to park visitors. Likewise, the lighting used throughout is highly vandal-resistant and recessed into the ground to deter theft of the fixtures or components. Six efficient LED fixtures, controlled through existing daylight sensors, add a level of security at night and a warm and welcoming invitation to passersby.

Awards
Design Excellence 鈥 Citation Award for Small Project
AIA Central States Region
2023
Excellence in Design 鈥 Merit Award
AIA Iowa Chapter
2022
Popular Choice 鈥 Pavilions
Architizer A+ Awards