Fort Worth Public Art would like to invite you to the dedication of Drift, by Volkan Alkanoglu. Operating at the intersection of public art, infrastructure, and architecture this artist-designed pedestrian bridge is a community-driven, site-specific project.
Drift is inspired by the natural formations in and along the creek and the mid-century architecture of the Westcreek neighborhood. At 58 feet long and 12 feet wide, the bridge’s organic shape widens in the center for the public to briefly rest and enjoy the view. The American Disabilities Act-compliant bridge was fabricated by Ignition Arts and brownsmith studios using methods similar to ship-building, with a steel skeleton sheathed in Spanish Cedar. Since it has been installed, the naturally reddish Spanish Cedar has been allowed to develop its expected silver patina.
The artist, Volkan Alkanoglu, describes Drift as an example of plug-and-play urbanism, a design approach that involves constructing elements off-site and then bringing them to the location. Alkanoglu’s first infrastructure project, Drift continues the artist’s involvement in projects that can be utilized and engaged with. “I’m interested in what these pieces can do in a social setting. Embedded in my work is always the hope that design can enhance how we interact, support and communicate with each other,” he said.
The area serves as a park for the surrounding Westcreek neighborhood, and by connecting the walking paths along Westcreek Drive, this artwork enables better pedestrian connectivity to the Trinity Trails via Kellis Park, Foster Park, and Overton Park.
The dedication will be outdoors, in-person and live-streamed on social media Fort Worth Public Art’s Facebook page, rain or shine. In order to celebrate the connectivity to the parks and trail system the bridge provides, there will be a short 1-mile walk/run immediately after the dedication. Suitable footwear is encouraged.
Dedication of Drift
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. CDT
Where: At the bridge site on Westcreek Drive, 76133 (south of Bilglade Road between Martin Lydon Avenue and Cordone Street) and live-streamed on Fort Worth Public Art’s Facebook page
Artwork: Drift, 2021
Artist: Volkan Alkanoglu
Fabrication team: Ignition Arts and brownsmith studios
Materials: Spanish Cedar over steel
About the Artist: Volkan Alkanoglu is an artist and designer based in Portland, Oregon, where he is the founding principal of the practice VA | DESIGN. His work is focused on the pursuit of unique forms through spatial, material and technological explorations. Alkanoglu’s work is included in the collections of institutions including Clemson University, Boston, MA (Clippership Wharf); University of Maryland in Baltimore; Yeshiva Museum in New York; Fort Lauderdale International Airport; University of Oregon in Eugene, among others. Find more information about artist Volkan Alkanoglu on his website at alkanoglu.com
About the Fabricator: Ignition Arts was founded by Brian McCutcheon and Tasker Day, out of a desire to offer high-quality fabrication and project management to clients on creative projects. In addition to providing project management, design development, fabrication and installation services, Ignition Arts pursues partnerships with emerging artists to bring a greater variety of creative vision to the public arena. The bridge was fabricated by Ignition Arts in Indianapolis, Indiana in partnership with Lucas Brown of brownsmith studios, Bloomington, Indiana.
About Fort Worth Public Art Fort Worth Public Art is a City of Fort Worth program created to enhance the visual environment, commemorate the city’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, integrate artwork into the development of the City’s capital infrastructure improvements, and to promote tourism and economic vitality. Managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth with oversight of the Fort Worth Art Commission, FWPA strives for artistic excellence and meaningful community engagement. For more information, please visit fwpublicart.org.
About Arts Fort Worth Founded in 1963 as the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Arts Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote, nurture, and support the arts in Fort Worth. Arts Fort Worth administers a competitive grants program, manages the Fort Worth Public Art program, and operates what was formerly known as the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, a dynamic arts complex with theaters, galleries, studios, and office suites, on behalf of the City of Fort Worth. Arts Fort Worth also provides educational programming and supports arts advocacy at all levels of government, rents the facilities for a wide range of private and public events and programs. Arts Fort Worth is supported in part by the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, please visit artsfortworth.org