WestBend, Foundry District Bringing Arts to Center Stage

Dallas Innovates | July 13, 2017

BY LANCE MURRAY, DALLAS INNOVATES, JUL 13, 2017

The Foundry District will feature a “yarnbom” installation on a building and new ground murals, while WestBend has added 12 new public artworks and will host the #WestBend Snap & Seek event.

The arts are taking center stage at two Fort Worth real estate developments as sculptures, murals, and photography get new places to shine in the North Texas sun.

Both The Foundry District and the WestBend development have major art events planned that will offer a variety of media for visitors to enjoy.

The Foundry District’s developer, M2G Ventures, is pushing forward with its plans to create a twist on real estate by telling a story about the arts and culture through collaborations and its increasing number of entrepreneurial tenants.

The Foundry is a part of the Fort Worth Cultural District and is adjacent to 7th Street and the Museum District. It is a recently rehabbed six-acre industrial development and is home to a mix of local retailers and restaurants, modern creative offices, and unique, alternative event venues. 

“Art inspires people. We wanted The Foundry District to be a place where people come to work every day and think I can tackle my biggest goal, or love going to an event there because it makes them feel like they have been transported out of their daily life.”

Jessica Miller Essl, M2G Ventures Co-President

Worman is partners in M2G Ventures with her sister, Susan Miller Gruppi.

On Aug. 19, national fiber artist London Kaye will be in Fort Worth to “yarnbomb” a large 20-foot yarn installation onto one of the buildings in the district. The installation will feature family friendly events such as DJs, food trucks, and a pop-up gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. at 200 Carroll St.

Inspiration for the yarn installation comes from an idea of expanding one’s freedom, according to a release. 

Kaye, a Brooklyn, New York-based street artist, has worked with such brands as the Gap, Starbucks, and others.

She uses crochet techniques to create art pieces out of yarn that have attracted attention around the world.

Also in The Foundry District, lead curator and muralist Katie Murray has taken the art approach that adorn’s the area’s walls and placed it on the sidewalks with her new ground murals that are featured throughout the development.

An “artwalk” of the colorful abstract murals will lead visitors to The Foundry on a tour of the artwork throughout the area’s businesses.

The Foundry District is becoming known as a destination for unique curated partnerships through interactive and engaging outdoor art.

“It is all about bringing inspiration to the everyman to the everyday experience,” Miller Worman said. “The Foundry District is pushing the conversation about art and culture through curated re-imagined spaces and a deliberate intention to create one of the most selective collections of our area’s contemporary artists.” 

The first collaboration is an ever-evolving outdoor gallery project called Inspiration Alley that kicked off with Murray’s Cowtown mural.