A black granite "Watertable" creates a focal point for the small plaza at the intersection of McKinney Avenue and Blackburn Streets. Water clings to the rippled surfaces of the vessel form which, in conjunction with up-lighting, creates a pattern of water and light. The Watertable takes on a distinctly different atmosphere by day and night, and combines with other urban elements to create a sense of elegance for the streetscape of Cityplace.
Three pieces of public art were commissioned for the Cityplace development in the Uptown area of Dallas. Watertable, being one of the three works was sited specifically to be outside of an outdoor cafe for this mixed use development which is now in construction. It is interesting to note that the Watertable has preceded the building. Such is the commitment by the owner to public art. As such, Watertable provides a focal point to the small plaza that will integrate into the streetscape and outdoor cafe.
The artist worked directly with the landscape architect on the plan for the plaza where Watertable is located. Drawings were shared back and forth and a number of team meetings were held to discuss every detail of the sculpture. Ultimately, the siting and design of the piece was agreed to by the design team and the owner and Brad Goldberg fabricated the work in black granite.
Measuring 8'-0" in diameter and 40' high, Watertable was fabricated in such a way that exemplifies the highest quality of stoneworking technique. Fabricated out of a single block of black granite, the piece is appropriately scaled to its place.
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