‘The Sea’ is Latest Addition to Meadowbrook Sculpture Garden
By Parks And Recreation
Posted on June 16, 2016, June 16, 2016

‘The Sea’ is Latest Addition

After eighteen months of rehabilitation and fabrication,' The Sea' has hit high tide and landed in Meadowbrook Park Sculpture Garden.

It was sculpted in 1980 by Otello Guarducci (Italy), and donated to the city for public display by the Perard family.

'The Sea' was formerly housed at Chester W. Ditto Golf Course, until in 2015 it was decided the artwork needed major renovation. Rusted and faded by years of Texas rain and heat, the molded metal had little time left upright. Schaefer Art Bronze of downtown Arlington stepped up to the challenge and provided significant renovation to sculpture.

The Meadowbrook Sculpture Garden Board helped with the renovation by providing $1,000 towards the project. This contribution was directed to the installation of the foundation. The Parks and Recreation Department provided the funding for Schaefer Art Bronze to complete the fabrication and painting of' The Sea'.

'The Meadowbrook Sculpture Garden Board is pleased to partner with the City of Arlington to add a distinguished piece of art to the Meadowbrook Sculpture Garden,' President Sue Phillips said.' With all the construction going on in downtown and along Abram Street, it' s an exciting time. This piece adds to the excitement of the American Dream City.'

The Meadowbrook Sculpture Garden is the southern-most section of the Entertainment District Sculpture Trail. This master planned trail will eventually have 15 to 20 sculptures for park users to enjoy. The trail starts at the Arlington Convention Center and goes south to Meadowbrook Park.

Caelum Moor, located adjacent to Globe Life Park, is at the beginning of the trail. On May 20th, nine additional sculptures were dedicated along Richard Greene Linear Park. Funding for these sculptures was provided by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. Unity Arch, by Owen Morrel, will be installed later this summer adjacent to the Youth Ballpark of Nolan Ryan Expressway. Future phases of the sculpture trail will be identified as funding becomes available.

Art and culture can be a critical foundation to any community. With the programming of the Levitt Pavilion, the Art Museum, along with the installation of new art, Arlington is a destination for entertainment across the metroplex.

'We are excited to be involved in the improvement of art within our community. Enhancing the experience of park users is critical to the mission of the Parks and Recreation Department,' said Gary Packan, Assistant Director.

For more information on the Entertainment District Sculpture Trail visit: NaturallyFun.org/SculptureTrail.

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