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Dickies Arena Public Art commission by William Matthews

by Becky Stevens • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Dickies Arena Public Art commission by William Matthews

Los Caballos pubic art commission competed! Last week, Fort Worth Texas unveiled it’s new Dickies Arena.This multipurpose state of the art venue will host concerts, sports, community events Stock Show rodeos.

Crowning the south façade is a 12-foot tall by 63-foot wide work by Denver-based William Matthews, one of today’s foremost Western artists, known for his depictions of working cowboys and the American West. Titled “Los Caballos,” the mural commemorates the horse, first brought by the Spanish and now an enduring symbol of the American West, whose introduction to North America transformed the Great Plains and the West for both Native Americans and American pioneers. Set against an untamed landscape, the piece captures the movement of wild horses running among scrub and brush, set against rolling hills, mesas, and a storm-filled sky. Matthews’s work was fabricated in the celebrated female-owned studio Mosaicos Venecianos in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where artisans pieced together more than 600,000 hand-cut glass tiles of 570 different colors to realize this scene with remarkable richness and vibrancy.

Flanking Matthews’s mural are two bas-relief sculptures, further celebrating the significance of the horse in the history of the American West. The two 12-foot tall works, cast in bronze, were conceived from Matthews’s original composition drawings and sculpted by Texas-based artist Buckeye Blake, a member of the Cherokee Nation. On the left is a depiction of an early day cowboy of the American West, skilled and confident. On the opposite side is a Comanche, considered the “Lord of the Plains” and master of the horse culture, brave, and graceful. Both figures, seated on horse-back, serve as welcoming ambassadors to all visitors.

For more information click this link to the Dickies arena site:http://dickies-dev.us-east-1.elasticbeanstalk.com/fa-content/uploads/2019/10/Dickies-Arena-Murals-Background.pdf