Man Who Will Turn Cotton Bowl Facade into Public Art Likes Glass. And Light

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A James Carpenter project in New York. Could this be the Cotton Bowl's future?
Much has been written about the now-certain $25 million renovation and expansion of the Cotton Bowl and the subsequent announcement that the stadium will host the annual cross-border skirmish between  the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma (and their football teams) through at least 2020.

But who cares about football? The real reason tens of thousands of maroon- and burnt orange-clad partisans flock to the Cotton Bowl each year is to soak in the art deco architecture and satisfy their aesthetic longings. It's a good thing then that the City Council decided to include funding to turn the stadium's facade into a piece of public art in the pot of money it's showering on the stadium, with additional funds coming from the 2006 bond program.
The city, after reviewing 25 artists and short-listing five, has now picked the man who will do so (pending approval by the Cultural Affairs Commission, which meets this evening). The selection is not a well-known local but James Carpenter, a "light artist and designer" who runs a design firm in New York City.

Kay Kallos, the city's public art manager, said locals were included on the short list but a selection committee picked Carpenter who, judging by his website, really likes glass and has put it in some pretty high-profile places.

A final design hasn't been drafted, but Kallos said she will pass along a pair of conceptual sketches submitted by Carpenter that give a general idea of what might be in store. There are no hard numbers on cost, since much will depend on the final design and how it's incorporated into the larger renovation project, which is supposed to be done by August 2013.
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DFWLighting
DFWLighting

It's too bad that they have to go with a lighting designer based in New York City, Dallas actually has a collection of some of the best lighting designers in the country. It's too bad the city decided to send such a high profile job out of town.  

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

 But who better to capture the soul of Dallas and the Cotton Bowl than someone in... New York?

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

It seems simple to me, put large Sun block screen on motorized track and program it to move with sun and block sun ray from Nasher.Sun seems to come from one section of window paneas it moves ,so screen does not need to be wide and ugly,slim and tall so it looks like art.Vote Betty Culbreath County Commissioner District 3 May 29,2012.

Sbrazill
Sbrazill

That is horrible. Let's use much needed money to desecrate the treasures of the city. So frustrating.

Jesus
Jesus

I've got the perfect glass art installation idea!

Let's mount a giant magnifying glass over city hall in time for the summer solstice!

Jay
Jay

Could there possibly be a less compelling architectural style than the old standby glass curtain-wall? Please, someone, anyone, explain to me how a glass facade, an architectural style that was actually dated by 1985, will blend with an eighty-odd year old concrete monolith stadium? Wouldn't stone and architectural concrete be more appropriate considering the age and style of the neighboring structures? Continuity should be a very strong consideration for all renovations and new construction in Fair Park.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Some people consider architectural juxtaposition to be rather appealing and stylish, you know. Different strokes.

Jesus
Jesus

maybe stucco.

yeah,

stucco........

Guest
Guest

So, since all these Cotton Bowl upgrades are supposedly necessary to keep Texas-OU in town, I assume these updates to the facade were dictated by representatives from the two schools.

In which case, why on Earth do the two schools care what the facade of the stadium looks like (as long as it isn't crumbling down around them as they enter)?

(Also, if we've got billions in unfunded yet necessary infrastructure repairs and upgrades, why are we using "left over" bond money to make "public art"?)

Bill Marvel
Bill Marvel

Since you live in the suburbs, why should you care?

Urban Smartypants
Urban Smartypants

Because he'd rather we use our city money to pave his commuter roads.

Guest
Guest

I go to events at Fair Park pretty regularly, actually. Aside from the annual visit to the State Fair that everybody does, my wife and I have regularly attended Dallas Summer Musical performances (until the latest kids were born, we were season ticket holders), have been to the sparsely attended Shrine Circus and marveled at the Crystal Pepsi signs that were still there fairly recently, and have taken my nieces to the Science Museum in the not-too-distant past.

I also regularly drive on Dallas roads that won't be repaired because the city can't afford it.

Now if you asked me why I cared about the AAC, you might have a point since I've only been there twice.

And I do actually live in Dallas now, though it's practically in Plano (and still quite suburban).

Bill Marvel
Bill Marvel

And to provide his drinking water. Don't get me wrong. I'm a firm believer in cooperation between Dallas and its little satellites.  But I wonder when was the last time S.Idiot actually paid a visit to Fair Park.

Bubbabgood2u
Bubbabgood2u

That's awful thoughtfut of them to give the poor kids in the Fair Park area something to throw rocks at.  Also, the heat from the glass will tone down all the beer drinking outside the stadium before the game.

Downtownworker
Downtownworker

Since the Trinity River Tollway pretty much kills any chance for a park on the Trinity, I'll just be happy to see any investment in our one and only signature park. Hopefully this art installation will take the Art Deco thematic and take it to another level. 

Bill Marvel
Bill Marvel

"our one and only signature park"? You forget White Rock La.......Oh, never mind.

Bob
Bob

You talk about the Toll Way like it's a sure thing. No money and if Mary Suhm knew where to get it, she would tell you. Don't believe the hype from the City Manager's department.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

With all these glass buildings we're constantly throwing up, around this city, I pray we never have a catastrophic tornadic event. Missiles of flying shards of glass, blazing through the air at high speeds.....yikes!

Oxbow
Oxbow

I just read that the AT&T PAC box office will be a bunch of glass also. Someone needs to tell all these designers and architects that these glass projects are in Texas where we spend a good chunk of the year seeking shade and a lot of time dodging hail stones.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

 Apparently glass = class. We're becoming a world glass city here in Dallas!

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

Maybe, the developers are thinking about, the 30k millionaire douche canoes and their plastic barbies, to have a place to be able to do their lines of coke; if they don't have any mirrors or the like, handy. I dunno. I'm not a developer.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

 Douche canoes. I need to save that one for a rainy day

OldManJam
OldManJam

Hey Eric, you must not be from around here because it is NOT "thousands of maroon- and burnt orange-clad partisans" who "flock to the Cotton Bowl" - any God-fearin', football lovin' Texan or north of the Red River carpetbaggin' Okie know the team colors of the ou sooners (no initial caps on purpose) are crimson and cream. Maroon is the color of two teams that have and will frequent the depths of the SEC standings next fall and those thereafter. 

Hook 'em

Stephen
Stephen

 As an OU Fan, I will accept that response and clarification...well done my hated rival.

Boomer Sooner

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

He likes glass in his designs??? As in Museum Tower? Will it burn the Trinity River Forest or Fair Park?

Plebeian
Plebeian

 He's only doing the facade. Maybe only adding some boll weevils to the cotton balls.

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

 Damn, you beat me by 4 minutes. Congrats. LOL!

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