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3 new outdoor sculptures from the Modern Art Museum grace an entrance to downtown Fort Worth

August 10,2022

See full Culture Map article by Stephanie Allmon Merry here.

One of the corridors into downtown Fort Worth has gotten a little more artful. Three outdoor sculptures from the Modern Art Museum's permanent collection went on view along West 7th Street beginning Monday, August 8, and will remain there indefinitely.

According to a release, the Modern has partnered with the First on 7th building to present the works in a "walkable, park-like setting situated at a crossroads in urban downtown."

The sculptures — George Segal's Chance Meeting, Alex Katz's Park Avenue Departure, and Bautista Moroles' Texas Shield — can be found specifically at First on 7th Plaza, 500 West 7th St. Visitors can look for them in a tree-lined triangle adjacent to the 20-story First on 7th building and the Cantey Hanger Plaza.

“We were delighted when the First on 7th team suggested installing sculpture from our collection on this site," says the Modern director Marla Price in the release. "Our sculptures joining the artwork currently on view create a wonderful entrance to Fort Worth's downtown area.”

The corridor is also home to Jonathan Borofsky’s iconic Man with Briefcase (2002), across 7th Street in Burnett Park, as well as an Isamu Noguchi sculpture on the plaza, which was commissioned in 1960 "to help shape an environment that connected the art to the architecture," the release notes.

Photography of the sculptures is allowed, but patrons should refrain from sitting or climbing on the artwork to achieve those perfect Instagram selfies, the museum advises. Parking is available on adjacent streets and in the building’s parking garage on 6th Street, and the plaza is close to the Trinity Metro’s Route 2, The DASH Route, and a Fort Worth Bike Share station.

Location Mentioned: Cantey Hanger