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New public art piece recognizes police, fire solidarity

Posted Oct. 29, 2018

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the art piece installed in front of Bob Bolen
Belize Brother was selected to create an artwork that reflects the values of first responders and the communities they serve.

“As One,” a dramatic new sculpture by artist Beliz Brother, is the latest commissioned artwork to be added to the Fort Worth Public Art Collection. The sculpture is based on the shape of Fort Worth’s police and fire patches, with two halves intersecting and supporting each other, expressing solidarity between the departments.

“As One” will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 505 W. Felix St. An artist talk will follow at 11 a.m. Free visitor parking is available in front of the building.

Inside the large, curved forms, unique shapes of numerous patches collected by the Fort Worth Fire and Police departments are water-jet cut into 1-inch-thick steel, creating an overall pattern that casts intricate shadow play on the plaza at the entrance to the Administration Building.

The work is scaled to create a backdrop for police and fire graduates to take photographs and celebrate their accomplishments. The artwork is approximately 9 feet tall and 14 feet long.

To learn more, contact Anne Allen at 817-298-3028.

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