Bridge-o-Rama was the name given to West Dallas’ celebration of the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge the first weekend in March.
La Reunion TX’s role was to produce a signature event called the Parade of Giants. Fifteen artists, recruited and juried by LRTX and our partners Oil and Cotton and ArtLoveMagic, worked with fourteen community groups to build 15-foot-tall figures representing historical individuals important to the evolution of West Dallas. The parade began in West Dallas and crossed the new bridge.
This was an opportunity for the community groups to collaborate in an art-making experience and for all of us to learn more about the history of West Dallas.
These were the participating artists: Cori Berg, Heather Blaikie, Iris Candelaria, Andrea Davis, Gretchen Goetz, Nicole Horn, Rebecca Howdeshell, Walter Johnson, Kevin Obregon, Junanne Peck, Jennifer Sereno, Jessica Sinks, Sean Springer, and VET.
The Giants: Bonnie and Clyde, Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, Andrea Flores Cervantes, Sarah Cockrell, Victor Considerant (founder of the La Reunion colony), Myrtle Davis, Rhoda Dragoo, Hattie Henenberg, Mattie Nash, Bettie Odom, Hattie Rankin, Julien Reverchon (a La Reunion colonist), The Honorable Barefoot Sanders, and Father Sebastian Valles.
The community groups were LRTX, Empowering Spirits, Fort Worth Avenue Development Group, Friends of Reverchon Park, L.G. Pinkston High School, Paul Quinn College, Readers 2 Leaders, St. Mary of Carmel School, Skillful Living Center, Smith Elementary 2nd Graders, Vickery Meadow Learning Center, Wesley Rankin Center, Westmoreland Heights Neighborhood Association, and Young Life West Dallas.
The Giants will be on display at Dallas City Hall this summer from June 18 to July 13.