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Public art for Fire Station 42 to be dedicated

Posted Sept. 4, 2019

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Join Councilmember Jungus Jordan and artist Shawn Smith for the dedication of Burning Bright at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Fire Station 42, 450 E. Rendon Crowley Road.

Burning Bright, a pixelated panther sculpture, is permanently installed at the station. The sculpture incorporates 813 5-by-5 inch powder-coated steel pixels and measures nearly 7 feet tall and more than 71 feet long.

Inspired by Fort Worth’s nickname “Panther City,” the panther is a metaphor for the city and its growth. Instead of depicting the panther asleep as in the old legend, artist Shawn Smith has chosen to depict it running with speed and purpose as a reflection of the firefighters and their remarkably fast response time. The tail end of the panther is heavily pixelated and broken into small fragmented pieces that gradually form together into the solid structure of the head of the panther. The artist sees this as a metaphor for the individual small towns in the area growing together to create a single community, moving forward with purpose and strength.

The sculpture is an abstraction of the panthers found in Texas, made up of 31 different colors based on imagery from areas near Spinks Airport and around Council District 6. These colors also include accents of the gold, blue and red from the firefighters’ shield, and white from their unique fire trucks.

To learn more, contact Fort Worth Public Art at 817-298-3040.

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