VisionShift is the only contemporary mosaic project in the Dallas Arts District—the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation. Eleven mosaic elements float across three sides of a structure on KPMG Plaza in the new HALL Arts complex. The Arts District has changed the collective image of downtown Dallas and VisionShift expresses the possibilities and opportunities that surround us when one is open to seeing them. New techniques were developed for creating both the ‘floating edge’ and hand-colored, ‘fresco grout’. The mosaic elements are visually engaging when seen from a distance but invite viewers to step closer, exploring the diversity of relationships between the individual pieces and sensing the great possibilities of worlds within worlds.
The explosive energy of the dynamic forms expresses the sense of vitality and spirit that created the Arts District and our city. Dallas is a place that bubbles with potential and citizens willing to take risks to achieve great things, both on a personal, micro level as well as a big picture, macro level. The Dallas Arts District has transformed downtown, offering new life and energy. As a Dallas native, I’m thrilled to have my artwork represented on the Texas Sculpture Walk at HALL Arts.
VisionShift has been selected for the ‘Mosaic In Situ’ division of Mosaic Arts International 2016, the annual exhibition of the Society of American Mosaic Artists.
Read all about the creation and installation of VisionShift in the cover story in Groutline, the official publication of the Society of American Mosaic Artists.
Visit VisionShift in the Dallas Arts District. The Plaza at HALL Arts is opposite the Meyerson Symphony Center, running between Ross and Flora and centered between Leonard and Crockett in downtown Dallas. Send me pics if you take a selfie there. I’m posting them on the VisionShift Facebook page.
As always, many thanks go to Trusty Assistant Leigh Davis. Her talent and humor make every project better. Thanks also to Laticrete International for the best adhesive and grouting material. Mike Knox, Duane Rettig and Greg Freeney with Hall Arts and John McManus with Turner Construction offered great logistical assistance for my installation during the worst weather possible. And very special thanks to Patricia Meadows who chose my work for this prestigious project and supported me all along the way.
To see the evolution from ‘vision’ to VisionShift, visit the In Progress page.