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Is Red The New Black – In The Arts District?

by Jerome Weeks 13 Sep 2013 1:29 PM

A red opera house, red signs and now three monumental pieces of outdoor red. Did anybody plan this?


arts district outdoorsWith the installation of the 18-foot tall Buddha by Liu Yonggang (center) — put up last weekend outside the Crow Collection of Art — the Arts District now sports three monumental steel sculptures, all within three blocks of each other. And all of them happen to be painted roughly the same strong shade of red. In the photos, Buddha is flanked by two familiar works, both by Mark di Suvero: Proverb (left), out back of the Meyerson Symphony Center, at the corner of Pearl and Woodall Rogers, and Ave (right), out front of the Dallas Museum of Art, along Ross Avenue. Proverb‘s color looks different, paler than the other two, but that’s probably because it’s sun-bleached and due for a re-painting (there’s a regular cycle of upkeep painting for outdoor works like these).

It’s not possible to see all three works at once at street level. Proverb and Buddha do line up diagonally across Flora and Pearl, although the view is cluttered by trees and light poles, while a view of Ave is blocked by the Trammell Crow Towe. But go up high enough in the Museum Tower or the Crow and you might be able to see all of them.

Coincidentally, after photographing Buddha, I walked back to my car, parked along San Jacinto. And I came across one of the stone kiosks marking the Arts District. The same red made another appearance. And, of course, let’s not forget the red glass on the Winspear Opera House.

If you didn’t know you were in Dallas, you might think somebody actually planned all this.