Not all of the 20 acres of land are taken up, Austin. Someone had the foresight and brilliance to erect a monument/marker out there in the weeds. The monument/marker looks pretty shiny and there may or may not be a cow engraved on it...I've never visited it though since it is inaccessible to anyone but the transients who walk through the field. The easiest way to visit the monument would be to sprint across Lancaster Avenue, Frogger-like, get muddy shoes, chigger bites (bonus points for a snake bite), and then get hit by a car on your way back across Lancasater. Easy money.
I think the tunnels could use some new lighting for sure, but I also think they should get a treatment similar to what Deep Ellum did with its 42 murals project, which allowed independent local artists to propose designs, be selected, and then have at a wall with their paintbrushes...thus showcasing a lot of the best local free art. I'd give however many local artists that can propose a quality design for a mural 20 or 30 feet of wall in the tunnels and then, when they are done, close off the tunnels for a day while local bands and food trucks set up and everyone brings craft beer and has a huge free party.
Unfortunately, if art does go into the tunnels, there will probably be a commission that does a $300k feasibility study, before issuing a nationwide call to artists that results, sometime in 2017, in the selection of something boring and totally not "Fort Worth" from some guy out of New Mexico or Oregon, which will cost $2.5 million and 2 years to realize (before the $1 million 6-month change order to incorporate the rhinestone embellishments), followed by a $50 per person artist meet-and-greet that you won't be able to afford and which you will only see when that one guy takes a hundred photos of it and posts it to Facebook (photos to include only men in tuxedos and power suits, women in miniskirts, some old rich-looking ladies in ball gowns and the artist who will be wearing white pants, mandals, a large shirt unbuttoned to his navel with freshly shorn chest, gold chains, a fedora, pony tail, aviation sunglasses and waxed mustache and soul patch).
Posted by dangr.dave
on 09 September 2015 - 08:43 AM
Similar to the FW Zoo logo. Lion, elephant...same difference....only the elephant is more polished and the cow looks like it was drawn on an Etcha-Sketch or MS Paint. I would have liked to have seen something more original than people using a "W" to make feet again. Just my two cents.
Looks like a millicow...the unholy and forbidden genetic mixture of a millipede and a cow (I'm pitching this concept to the SciFi channel). I foresee pairs of old shoes tied together at the laces and thrown onto the horns in honor of special occasions like graduations. If we are looking for cow concept art, I recommend they put, at the entrance to a tunnel, something that looks like a giant Cadillac hood with gigantic horns, which could shoot fireworks and scare drivers whenever the Rangers or Cats hit a homerun. Or, someone could do a Cadillac Ranch type thing with some giant cows buried face-first or bottom-first, sticking out of the dirt.
I was going to suggest making the arches chrome, but that might blind some drivers and lead to major wrecks. I actually like the concrete and would hate to see it painted. Color changing lights would be cool.