Sculp­ture bowlers ’em over

Store do­nates two-ton hat to Cedars neigh­bor­hood

The Dallas Morning News - - ART & LIFE - By TINEY RIC­CIA­RDI Spe­cial Con­trib­u­tor

the Bri­tish fur­ni­ture gallery Ti­mothy Oul­ton at Cen­tral Ex­press­way and Hen­der­son Av­enue, but the com­pany’s plans to site it on a cor­ner of the build­ing vi­o­lated city sign codes. So the store do­nated the art­work to the neigh­bor­hood of its cre­ator. Bowler Hat sits on prop­erty owned by Struc­tural Stu­dio, an en­gi­neer­ing con­sult­ing firm.

Nigel Brown, pres­i­dent of Struc­tural Stu­dio, is glad to have it there since Ti­mothy Oul­ton con­sid­ered de­stroy­ing Bowler Hat af­ter the orig­i­nal place­ment fell through. “It’s a piece of pub­lic

Artist Keith Tur­man has fi­nally found a place to hang his hat — his 10-foot-tall, 20-foot-wide, two-ton bowler — on Grif­fin Street West, in the Cedars neigh­bor­hood south of down­town.

The mam­moth (but jolly good) sculp­ture was com­mis­sioned by art that is be­ing dis­played in a neigh­bor­hood that has a real strong pres­ence of artists,” Brown says.

The hat, which took about four months to con­struct, is com­posed of wood, steel, fiber­glass, epoxy and rigid foam. It will rise to a height of 30 feet when it’s hoisted onto an over­sized coat rack.

In­stal­la­tion be­gan on Sun­day and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of Jan­uary.

Tiney Ric­cia­rdi is a Pe­ga­sus News writer.

The bowler sculp­turewill rise to a height of 30 feet when it’s hoisted onto an over­sized coat rack.

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