As the DART Green Line comes to Deep Ellum in September, there'll be a new piece of public art to welcome train-riding visitors ready to revive the ailing district.
Entitled "The Traveling Man," a three piece sculpture series will be set at the corner of Good Latimer and Swiss Avenue, the corner of Good Latimer and Gaston Avenue, and the corner of Good Latimer and Elm Street. Each piece in the series shows a different pose of "The Traveling Man" including "Awakening," "Waiting," and "Walking."
Check out renderings of the installation to the left.
The public art project is the brainchild of Reel FX Creative Studios, Brad Oldham Inc., DART, and the Deep Ellum Association and is scheduled to open in August.
We've included the full press release below, plus check out the links below to find out the story behind "The Traveling Man."
Reel FX Creative Studios and Brad Oldham Inc. today reveal significant details surrounding their series of sculptures entitled, “The Traveling Man.” The sculptures will sit at three different sites near DART’s Deep Ellum Rail Station and represent the latest additions to DART’s public art program. Installation of the sculptures has started and is scheduled for completion the end of August, before the Green Line opens September 14.
Brandon Oldenburg of Reel FX Creative Studios and Brad Oldham of Brad Oldham Inc. were awarded the contract to create the sculptural series after their concepts were selected by DART in 2007. Since that time, the team has worked to complete the final design, engineering and construction phases of what has been dubbed “The Deep Ellum Gateway Art Project,” a moniker chosen by DART to signify that the three sculptures will serve as a welcoming gateway to all the visitors who enter Deep Ellum.
“The concept behind The Traveling Man is not a representation of a single element of Deep Ellum - rather, it uniquely encompasses many aspects of the community,” notes Brandon Oldenburg, VP Creative for Reel FX. “It was important to us that our design not only celebrate Deep Ellum’s heritage, but also represent what we hope for the future: a resurgence of traffic to our streets and businesses and a thriving artistic community for decades to come.”
“The design, engineering and construction strategies involved in this sculpture series are as unique as The Traveling Man concept,” noted Brad Oldham, whose company is responsible for fabricating, constructing and installing the project. “The sculpture at Swiss and Good Latimer is 38-feet tall. When working in this scale, how the pieces are built is as important as keeping the design approachable to engage viewers. We enjoy the challenge of building unusual pieces. Collaborating with Brandon and the Reel FX team on the concept has been a great experience and now the community can watch as we bring The Traveling Man to life in Deep Ellum.”
The team has launched a website to keep the community informed of its installation progress as well as providing detailed information on the story of The Traveling Man. The website is www.deepellumgateway.com and will be updated throughout construction with concept imagery, photography, video clips, fun facts and will ultimately capture candid thoughts of those involved. The Traveling Man also has his own Facebook page. Search “Traveling Man Dallas” on Facebook to become a fan and be the first to receive updates.