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Meet the Artist Behind Rosedale's Upcoming Sculpture

12.18.2012 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

Artist Donna L. Dobberfuhl, the artist selected for the East Rosedale Public Art Project, likes to incorporate historical significance to her artworks.

She wondered what the meaning is behind the name Rosedale. Was it a family name? Was the street named for a woman called Rose?

Although no definitive answer emerged, the quest for discovery led Dobberfuhl to a “botanicals” theme, which was the basis for her design approach for a sculpture to be placed in a roundabout at Rosedale and Mitchell.

She developed several concepts and narrowed to two – The Stamen and The Spire, 34’ and 30’ tall sculptures made of carved brick, mosaic and stainless steel components. Both ideas incorporate botanical elements. After a thoughtful review of the designs, the committee chose The Stamen.

Either would be constructed with a 6” interior steel column surrounded by the brick base. “The weight of these towers starts at 22,000 pounds,” Dobberfuhl said.

To produce art of this magnitude, she works with a brick mason and an engineer. She carves the brick while it is still wet and has to calculate for shrinkage, which is generally 3 to 5 percent, but can be as much as 10 percent, depending on the specific type.

The Next Steps

According to Anne Allen, FWPA project manager, a final rendering of the artwork was approved by the Fort Worth Art Commission. Now the artist is creating a three-dimensional model.

The sculpture installation is slated for fall 2014, when the East Rosedale Street improvements are finished.

About the Artist

A studio sculptor based in San Antonio, Dobberfuhlworks in a linear fashion, preferring to create one project at a time, even though she sometimes works on as many as three at once. For largescale brick projects such as the Rosedale sculpture, she carves in a studio in Nebraska.

Her public art includes a wide array of subjects: veterans, wildlife, and religious figures.

Dobberfuhl’s sculpture installations appear across the country, from Bellingham, Wash., to Biscayne, Fla., to New York City. Her work can be found throughout North Texas, including the Veterans Monument in North Richland Hills and the Fabric of Frisco.

She has a Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art and is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space.

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