Bad Königshofen has a recreational park named for Arlington. A 12-foot stainless steel, the International Peace and Friendship Monument stands in a downtown Arlington park across from City Hall. The monument was completed during the summer of 2003 by Arlington sculptors and visiting artists from Germany.

Work In Progress Gallery

Photo by: Loli Kantor and City of Arlington 6-10-2003 - First day the cement was poured into the location for the monument. Construction continued this week in preparation for the arrival of four accomplished German artists who will be joining three Texas artists on the creation of a public monument that celebrates international peace and friendship. The public monument will be located in downtown Arlington in the Gene Allen Park, which is adjacent to the Arlington Museum of Art and across the street from City Hall. This week, contractors are completing the foundation and basic structure for the monument. This diverse group is united by their individual reputations as accomplished artists, organizers say. This collaborative venture began in 2001 with the construction of a public monument in Germany.

AMA Curator Rachel Bounds traveled to Germany in Summer 2003 to preview the works of many German artists. She was impressed by the quality of work she saw and four were selected. AMA Director Anne Allen said distance and cultural differences makes the exhibition international in scope. The Arlington community was invited to attend a formal dedication of the monument at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2003.

About the Artists

Benito Huerta of Arlington - Co-founder and vice president of Artiles, a Texas art magazine and director of the UTA Gallery. Currently working on public art projects at the DFW International Airport and the Mexican-American Cultural Center in Austin. Eva Luna Warmuth of Bad Königshofen, Germany - A sculptor, professor and installation artist. Celia Munoz of Arlington - Multi-media artists known for her diverse works that include writing, artist books, photography, painting and public art. Peter Picciani of Bad Königshofen, Germany - Sculptor, master wood carver and turner. His public commissions include a city fountain and the Crucifixion overlooking Bad Königshofen. Fritz Toennieshen of Bad Königshofen, Germany - A master water colorist and painter who began painting in the mid 1940s after serving as a soldier in World War II. Christine Wehe-Bamberger of Bad Königshofen, Germany - An educator, conceptual and installation artist whose work often incorporates fibers and textiles. Nicholas Wood of Arlington - A master artist and UTA associate professor. He has been exhibiting for more than 28 years. His works include clay sculpturing, drawing and photography.