Friday, November 16, at 9 am, 5650 E. Lancaster
Gregory Beck completed the installation of Pieces of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow! The beautiful work spans across 80 feet of the Fort Worth Police Department's exterior walls. The PD is at 5650 E. Lancaster, next to St. Rita Catholic Church.
The Fort Worth Arts Council will dedicate the delightful "Pieces of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" Public Art Work by Gregory Beck, a wonderful depiction of Handley’s historic past along with images of today and projections of tomorrow.
This beautiful public art piece is on the north and west walls of the East Division Police Station, 5650 E. Lancaster, across from Bank of America.
The aluminum water-jet cut panels are painted with vivid auto paint, requiring 900 coats of multiple layered colors to create the images. The overall artwork covers a span of a 10’ x 80’ area, incorporating 8 large puzzle pieces and 27 smaller pieces along with 206 stainless steel screws for installation. This 3 year long project was accomplished with much dedication and persistence.
Each piece of the puzzle is inspired by East Fort Worth’s historic relevance and cultural diversity. Showing the evolution of the community in Handley, the artwork references historical images such as the Interurban Railway that ran from Fort Worth to Lake Erie and The Pike Drive-In Theater as well as portraits of present-day community members and police officers in the area. This combination of past and present alludes to a bright future of which we are all a “piece of the puzzle.”
Community residents actively participated in meetings, contributing their input to the concept and most importantly volunteering for a photo shoot. The result is the images of numerous faces you will recognize from our community. The finished product required many hours, much talent and compassion to complete the public art assignment. Gregory went above and beyond for us and we need to show our appreciation. So if you have not had the opportunity to visit this beautiful public art piece, stop by and investigate the tedious detail and scale of the art.
I challenge you to be present for the community’s dedication of “Pieces of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. Please take the time to attend and bring your family, friends and neighbors and have the opportunity to say Thank You to Gregory Beck, the talented artist who created the design and completed the artwork on the East Fort Worth Police Division Public Art Project.
This is a time for East Fort Worth to come together and show pride in our community and also show the City of Fort Worth, that we are pleased to be from East Fort Worth, where “Pieces of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will forever reside as a tribute to Gregory Beck and the Handley Community.
East Fort Worth Business Association's Scholarship Awards Banquet recognized 6 Outstanding Eastside Seniors
The Outstanding Seniors of 2018 represent the brightest stars in our eastside high schools. This year's $500 Scholarship winners are: Frdous Yagoub, Polytechnic; Jaheem Smith, Eastern Hills; Kailah Harper, Dunbar; Kristian Gaytan, Young Men’s Leadership Academy; Alfredo Ornelas, Nolan Catholic; Ruby Mejia, CAN Academy. Congratulations, we are excited for your futures!
On the wall behind the students are all the wonderful thank you cards the Association received from elementary students who were the first to enjoy reading the new library books purchased by EFWBA for the 6 elementary schools in the Eastern Hills pyramid. EFWBA knows that Education is Good Business. Visit www.efwba.org to see all the photos from the Banquet.
Fort Worth named a Tree City USA
Fort Worth was again named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Fort Worth is the oldest and longest-running Tree City USA in Texas, a designation the city first received in 1978.
Celebrating Fort Worth's long-running tenure as a Tree City USA are Rachel McGregor, staff forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service; Park Board members Ann Stetson, LaShanda Davis, Jeffrey Davis; Richard Zavala, Park & Recreation Department director; Jim Doherty, Park Board chair; Dan Villegas, Matt Dufrene, Walter Dansby; and city forester Rustin Stephens.
Fort Worth achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forest budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Fort Worth also received the Tree City USA Growth Award, which highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry.
Fort Worth has promoted sound urban forestry practices since 1873, when the city charter declared it illegal to hitch a horse to a tree. The city hired its first arborist in the 1920s.
The Forestry Section of the Park & Recreation Department plays an important role in continuing Fort Worth’s green legacy. Forestry plants and maintains trees, as well as gives residents the skills they need to care for the city’s urban forest.
Forestry crews also ensure the safety of residents by removing hazardous limbs and trees on city property, and by responding after storms to clear debris and other hazards from city streets.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
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