Carousel

Submitted by Jim Hirschfield

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Client: Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

Location: Fort Worth, TX, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $195,607

Project Team

Artist

Jim Hrischfield

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, LLC

Artist

Sonya Ishii

Jim HIrschfield and Sonya Ishii

Overview

24'9″ x 14' (diameter), Painted Stainless Steel and Aluminum. Sitting atop a Fort Worth roundabout is our literal and figurative concept of Carousel. In our design, the whirling of the carousel will be created as travelers drive around the roundabout hosting its sculptural pavilion, reversing the usual perspective. A carousel is a delight to children, and a source of recollection and nostalgia for adults. At the same time it is a profound motif for life: With all life’s ups and downs, what goes around, comes around.

Goals

A carousel is a delight to children, and a source of recollection and nostalgia for adults. At the same time it is a profound motif for life: With all life’s ups and downs, what goes around, comes around. The work also speaks to how life is often experienced as a journey of exciting discovery, with us as voyagers looking to see ‘what’s around the bend’.
Also important is the notion that carousels, with their lighting and prancing horses, exude an air of drama, which alludes to the Jubilee Theater and its historical significance to the community as well as the theater program of Texas Wesleyan University that has kept that tradition alive through the strength of its program.
Finally, the Parrot, the Polytechnic High School mascot, in addition to bringing birds bring bright color to the roundabout, in an amusing manner references the neighborhoods nickname “The Polly”.

Process

As artists, we met with the community to discuss their history and aspirations, what was important to them and what they hoped the artwork would reflect. As we designed our concept their words range loudly, and we believe we were able to address their hopes for the artwork. We then worked closely with the Arts Council of Fort Worth to bring our ideas to fruition.