Giants at City Hall: Reception June 19, Exhibit June 18-July 13

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We Celebrate the Found Object Art Collaboration with DISD and the Nasher

Photo by Jeff Baker Photography

Future artist learning about the LRTX site and Found Object Art

Student-artists, teachers, parents, friends and the general public attended the Found Object Art opening at the Nasher on March 24.  Seven new pieces created by middle and high school art students from objects found at the LRTX site were on display.

Photo by Jeff Baker Photography

Laura Sohm of DISD discusses the winning piece with art legend Edith Baker and Molina High teacher William Adkins

Participating classrooms and students were recognized with gift cards and certificates. The classroom that created the piece judged to best meet the year’s goal of interpreting the theme “The Fluidity of Identity,” was awarded $500 toward art supplies! And the Nasher provided frozen yogurt and toppings for all.

Expansion of this very successful program is planned for next year. If you’re a DISD teacher and would like your classes to be involved, please be in touch!

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Found Object Art Reception at the Nasher Saturday, March 24

The Nasher Sculpture Center, LRTX and seven DISD schools are pleased to collaborate on an ongoing partnership entitled Found Object Art, which introduces students to the concept of art made from found objects and immerses them in a found-object art-making experience from concept to exhibit. An exhibition of the students’ work will be on view in the Nasher Classroom from March 24 through March 30, and kicks off with a public reception at the Nasher on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please join us for the reception.

The collaboration took place throughout the 2011-2012 school year. “My students are able to be a part of the LRTX vision of the arts as a vehicle of environmental stewardship and community identity while the Nasher gives them the opportunity to have their efforts spotlighted in a world class venue,” notes Molina High School teacher William Adkins.

Students learn how well-known artists create found object art with a workshop at the Nasher. The workshop focused on artists represented in the Nasher Collection who have worked with found objects, including David Smith, John Chamberlain, Jim Love, and  David McManaway. Discussion focused on artistic process and generated ideas for the students to use in their own artwork. 

Students also participated in clean-up projects at LRTX. The visits allow students to have a positive impact on the environment, while also exercising their creativity by incorporating objects found on the site into sculpture, which is then shown at the Nasher.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for my students and a great example of ‘real’ learning,” says Adkins. 

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Come to the Parade of Giants March 3–Never Been Anything Like It in Dallas

Multiple Generations of St. Mary's Students Admiring the Fr. Sebastian Valles Puppet (Photo by Jeff Baker)

We hope you will be able to join us on Saturday for the Parade of Giants. Being involved in this project has been an honor for all of us. Watching the 15 LRTX artists working with the community groups, the stories that were told, what the artists have learned about West Dallas and themselves, and what the community groups have learned about art, has been a humbling experience for everyone.

Last Saturday upwards of 150 people were working on the puppets: all ages, all walks of life, black, white, Latino. The seniors told stories of the history of the neighborhood and of the historical figures, who in some cases were their parents or grandparents. Jan Sanders came to see her husband, Judge Barefoot Sanders, being built, and Judge Jerry Buchmeyer’s daughter will come before the parade. Four generations of St. Mary’s students worked on Fr. Sebastian Valles and three generations of Andrea Cervantes’ descendants were working together. Neighbors from the houses nearby have begun to drop by. A couple of Home Depot employees came to help last night because an artist shopping there had told them about it.
The artists have gone way beyond what was expected, and they are equally thrilled to be part of this. They have worked night and day. Their commitment been amazing.
We encourage you, if it’s at all possible, to come to the Parade on Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 on Singleton. The Giants will be walking east on Singleton, up onto the bridge and back. It will be extraordinary and not to be missed.
If ever there were an example of artists and community working together, this is it.
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Site and Sound

LRTX’s event Site and Sound has been rescheduled to winter 2012-2013 so that we can take advantage of less plentiful foliage for better access to the site and to the artwork!

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We’ve Got A New Video

Thanks to the great work of our friend Mark Birnbaum, LRTX has a brand new video! Never been to the site? Take a look at how beautiful it is:

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Giants in Progress

Father Sebastian Valles by Junanne Peck, Photo by Nicole Horn

Make plans now to attend the Bridge-o-Rama Parade of Giants on March 3 in West Dallas. Fifteen giant puppets will be carried in the parade by the artists and community groups who made them. The parade will begin in the 400 block of West Singleton and continue onto the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which is opening that weekend.

The puppets are under construction at a warehouse nearby. Interested in being a part of construction or in helping carry these 12-foot-tall historical figures? Email us!

It’s an extraordinary collaboration between LRTX and the folks of West Dallas.

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Building Giants Saturday, Feb. 4th

Fifteen artists chosen by LRTX and our partners will convene this Saturday, along with their cooperating community groups, to build 15 giant puppets representing historical figures important to the development of West Dallas. The Bridge-o-Rama Parade of Giant Puppets will take place Saturday, March 3, at 2:00 p.m., one of the signatures events celebrating the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge.

We are looking for volunteers to help us build and we’ll be there from 10:00 a.m. on! If you’d like to be part of a truly fun project, please contact us at

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Parade of Giants Artists Announced

La Reunion TX and Bridge-o-Rama have announced the names of 15 artists chosen for the Parade of Giants project. These individuals will design 15 giant puppets representing historical figures important to the history of West Dallas and will then work with local community groups to build them. On Saturday, March 3, the Giants will parade onto the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the opening of which is being celebrated that weekend.

The artists were selected by a committee comprising representatives of La Reunion TX and our collaborators, ArtLoveMagic and Oil and Cotton. Here are the names:

VET, Cori Berg, Heather Blaikie, Gary Buckner, Andrea Davis, Susan Giller, Gretchen Goetz, Nicole Horn, Rebecca Howdeshell, Walter Johnson, Kevin Obregon, Junanne Peck, Jennifer Sereno, Jessica Sinks, Sean Springer.

They will be building Victor Considerant and Julien Reverchon of the La Reunion colony, Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, Andrea Flores Cervantes, Sarah Cockrell, Myrtle Davis, Rhonda Dragoo, Hattie Henenberg, Mattie Nash, Bettie Odom, Hattie Rankin, Judge Barefoot Sanders, Father Sebastian Valles, and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

The artists workshop will be held at Oil and Cotton on Saturday, January 14th.

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Call to Artists: Bridge-o-Rama Parade of Giants

La Reunion TX is helping celebrate the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in March by collaborating with the West Dallas Chamber, ArtLoveMagic and Oil & Cotton on the Parade of Giants. The parade will feature more than a dozen large-scale, artist-designed puppets representing historical figures important to the development of West Dallas. LRTX will construct a puppet of Victor Considerant, founder of the original La Reunion colony in West Dallas.

For more information, see the Call to Artists. For more information on the parade and other Bridge-o-Rama events, please click here.

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