SW Parkway

SOUTHWEST PARKWAY ART PLAN The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

Cover of Art Master Plan

This is the cover of an art plan called “SH-121/Southwest Parkway Corridor Art Master Plan”. The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

Art Network Zones and Areas

This is a diagram showing the Art Network that is integrated throughout the entire Parkway as proposed by The Art Plan. Artwork will: 1) protect the environmental quality of the project area by minimizing impacts; 2) offer context sensitive design and solutions; 3) unify the project appearance within three zones: the urban, riparian, and prairie zones; and 4) provide appropriate design features- that reflect the identity of each area to heighten people’s experience. The Art Network further defines the Parkway’s character and context—the roadway, its infrastructure, processes, the Trinity River, adjacent neighborhoods, gateways, and trails—to unify and differentiate the experience of places and linkages. Together, the artworks yield an integrated sequence of concepts, processes, connections, and places that can be perceived at a variety of scales by people traveling in vehicles, on bicycles, and on foot. The Art Network orchestrates and adds meaning to the dynamics of flow inherent in development of the Parkway. It also addresses the transition from a developed to a more natural environment as one travels southwest and away from Fort Worth’s downtown area.

Urban Zone divider page

This is a zone divider page from the Art Plan. Within the document, graphics provide visual cues to highlight the transition between zones. The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

Urban Zone: University Area

This is a page from the master plan document that describes the “University Area“ within the “Urban Zone”. The page includes the overall character description of the area, art element concepts/descriptions, a context map, an aerial photo showing locations of art elements, and an oblique aerial image showing the future parkway. The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

Riparian Zone divider page

This is a zone divider page from the Art Plan. Within the document, graphics provide visual cues to highlight the transition between zones. The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

Riparian Zone: Trinity River “Flyover”

This is a page from the master plan document that describes the “Trinity River ‘Flyover’ “ within the “Riparian Zone”. The page includes the overall character description of the area, art element concepts/descriptions, a context map, an aerial photo showing locations of art elements, and an oblique aerial image showing the future parkway. The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

Prairie Zone divider page

This is a zone divider page from the Art Plan. Within the document, graphics provide visual cues to highlight the transition between zones. The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

Prairie Zone: Dirks/Altamesa Area

This is a page from the master plan document that describes the “Dirks/Altamesa Area“ within the “Prairie Zone”. The page includes the overall character description of the area, art element concepts/descriptions, a context map, an aerial photo showing locations of art elements, and an oblique aerial image showing the future parkway. The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

Project Credits

SOUTHWEST PARKWAY ART PLAN The SH-121 Southwest Parkway is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth Texas that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The Art Plan connects people to the Parkway, its natural and built environments, and the adjoining neighborhoods through an experience of art. In order to contextualize the project at a regional scale, the Art Plan considers the Parkway’s place within the framework of the Trinity River Watershed, with its multiplicity of land uses and natural characteristics. It also calls for more intimate experiences that express ideas about aesthetics, nature, and infrastructure. As such, the Art Plan conceives of the Parkway as a corridor where nature and culture co-exist and interplay in diverse ways.

PROJECT CREDITS:
Lorna Jordan, Art Planning Team Leader
In association with Winterbottom Design and the SH-121 Corridor Design Team Commissioned by the Fort Worth Arts Commission and prepared with the North Texas Tollway Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation