WestBend is a little bit brighter with several new public art pieces scattered around its campus, including popping painted succulents, light-up love and the words of famous Texans.
The additions are part of the Fort Worth development's collection, which will ultimately feature 26 pieces. The newest works include several murals from artist Kyle Steed, San Francisco artist Laura Kimpton's LED-lit steel sculpture of the word love and a mural by local artist Lauren Childs.
The art was introduced to the public via #WestBendLove Snap and Seek, a photo scavenger hunt where visitors track down public art pieces based on close-up Polaroid clues. Kimpton's sculpture and Childs' incredibly textured painting of lifelike succulents are near the Woodhouse Day Spa. Nine of Steed's murals (he's still working on some of them over the next few weeks) will color different levels of the Tyler's parking garage and another decorates a large wall near the Drybar salon.
Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson are each quoted on Steed murals, and another wishes drivers a criss-crossing, angular "Happy Trails" as they leave the garage. The Dallas artist first lived in Fort Worth when he made the move to Texas, and says it was satisfying to know some of his work would have a home in the city.
"Fort Worth has this nostalgic feel for me," Steed says. "It's fun to bring some of my own personality and my own voice back to where I originally landed in Texas."
The new art joins WestBend's rotating display of nine reproductions from the Amon Carter Museum's photography collection, and five photographic murals by Fort Worth artist Devon Nowlin.
Here's a sampling of what you'll see if you go:
Affirmation from Patsy Cline
This sweet sentiment
Some artistic direction
Love is in the air
Plan your life:
WestBend is around the Tyler's parking garage, 1621 River Run, Fort Worth.