Foundation raises funds for Lewisville’s first piece of public art

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The construction of Lewisville’s first piece of public art, a 20-foot-tall kinetic sculpture, is facing a challenge: the price of steel and structuring has nearly doubled since planning began almost two years ago.

The Lakeside Arts Foundation is holding a fundraiser until Oct. 15 to supplement the $10,000 grant from Total Wine and More that was initially going to finance the project.

“Because Lakeside Arts Foundation (LAF) already had the mechanism in place to raise funds for a project of this type, and were members of GLAA, they were both positioned and delighted to help in making this beautiful work of art possible for the citizens and visitors of Lewisville to enjoy,” said Christi Martin, current chair of GLAA and executive director of LAF.

LAF is also registered for North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 14. The Giving Day organization will match some donations made.

Donors who give $50 to $99 during the drive will be recognized on the foundation’s website. Their names will also be etched into bricks that will skirt the sculpture where it sits near the corner of Charles and Main streets.

Those who give donations of $100 or more will be acknowledged on a bronze plaque at the sculpture’s base and receive other benefits. The recognition and benefits will reflect the amount donated.

“Earth and Beyond,” the art piece, will sit outside of the MCL Grand Theater at its southeast corner in honor of retired MCL Director Jim Wear.

The Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance chose the design of the swirling metal “plant” with steel leaves and a colorful flower bud on top to build and donate to the city when it was given the grant.

Daren Fagan, who is a member of GLAA and the Visual Art League of Lewisville, creates moving sculptures regularly. GLAA chose to make his design of a spinning plant the inaugural large-scale public art piece.

To make donations, visit the Public Arts tab at lakesidearts.org. Visit the site, email director@lakesidearts.org or call 972-625-1726 for more information.

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