TEXAS CITY — What’s a birthday without the gifts? As the city marks its 100th anniversary with a year’s worth of celebration events the committee set up to coordinate and promote the city’s centennial decided it needs to give the city a present as well.
The public is being asked to chip in.
The gift is a wind sculpture to be put on display in what will be called Centennial Park near the Doyle Convention Center and Nessler Park. The structure won’t be just a wall with a few words of memorial and sponsorship names.
”We designed a monument where the viewer would actually experience being inside and a part of the monument” said Joe Hoover Centennial Committee member and project architect. ”We wanted a monument that was not static but a structure that would invoke the feeling of motion something moving like the city itself in motion over the last 100 years.”
The structure was designed to resemble the formation of a hurricane with a vortex in the middle. The vortex actually is a wind sculpture by artist Lynn Whitaker called ”Double Dancer.”
”The sculpture piece constantly turns in the wind above the monument adding to the vision of the monument being in motion” Hoover said.
The outer walls will feature plaques in the shape of the state of Texas the high school Stingaree mascot stars and squares.
”The basic monument and plaques will be constructed of stainless steel and COR-TEN steel relating to the industrial character of the community” Hoover said.
The viewer can walk inside the vortex of the monument to view plaques.
”To further enhance the visitors’ experience of the monument being in motion some of the monument information will be laser cut through the metal panels creating voids that will be backlit at night” Hoover said. ”The metal plaques will be mounted on contrasting continuous metal plates that are staggered so the monument will have an appearance of openness.”
The plaques can be purchased from $100 to $750. The basic monument structure and plaques are being made by the metal fabrication firm Tenille one of the city’s oldest companies.
In fact as the city celebrates its 100th anniversary Tenille is marking its 104th year in business in Texas City.
The sculpture will be unveiled Sept. 17.