In keeping with the Public Art Master Plan, part of the City's broader Cultural Arts Master Plan, the new Public Safety Campus will be enhanced with three pieces of public art. Designed by Texas based art firm RE:site, the pieces will be located in various parts of the Campus and add color, light, and pattern to the 10-acre public facility. Each piece features multiple "looks" depending on how light, both natural and artificial, interplays with the art's components.
“Insignia Lattice,” a cutout, red metal screen that covers part of the main entrance to Fire Station 1, was installed in summer 2019. Its design incorporates a Maltese cross (historically a symbol of firefighting) as well as the City of Richardson’s border outline.
Visitors approaching the Campus from Main Street or heading north on Greenville Avenue will encounter a 28-foot-tall sculpture titled “Rising Star.” The silver, patterned metal sculpture with intermeshed layers will form a tubular, vertical “Texas star” and will stand near the northeast corner of Main Street and Greenville Avenue. Tentative plans call for the sculpture to be lit with red and blue lights from within at night, representing fire and police.
Rounding out the Campus’ art will be a 20-foot-tall sculpture titled “Radiant Shield” located outside the main entrance to the Police Station. It will combine a pedestal topped with three intersecting layers of blue metal “rays” (representing the Police Department’s core principals of partnerships, performance and prevention) and will mimic the design of a police badge.
All three installations were chosen by an artist selection committee made up of the Police and Fire chiefs and representatives from the Cultural Arts Commission, local arts community and citizen public safety volunteers. Funding for the art was made possible by the City’s “Percent for Arts” ordinance, adopted in July 2015 as an extension of the Public Art Master Plan.
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