Sculpture Trail Brings Excitement to Texas Avenue
The Texas Avenue Sculpture Trail is an instant hit two years in the making that will become reality this Friday. Economic Development Manager Bret Gardella said he made the presentation to the ACE District Board in order to create a public art project along Texas Avenue. He said, “This annual sculpture installation will be a tourism attraction and draw folks to our Arts, Culture and Entertainment district. Thankfully the Board saw the potential and dove in.”
Despite challenges during the pandemic, the Board decided to seize an opportunity to change its future and make the Sculpture Trail a reality. Gardella applauds the decision, saying, “I'm proud to have played a small part in this, but I really need to point out the leadership of ACE Board members Yvonne Thomas, Steve & Karen Knight and Marsha Landers. They have consistently worked to make this a reality.” He also credited the City’s Parks and Recreation Department in its assistance to help.
You never know when a conversation will spark the next great idea. The Sculpture Trail idea actually came from a chat Gardella had a decade ago in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. “I met Jim Clark after he created the Sculpture Walk there. Now he’s an amazing consultant who is helping the ACE district succeed with its project. It’s great when old acquaintances become new friends,” said Gardella.
The plan is for new sculptures to be included each year, so the view will always change. You will also have the chance to vote on your favorite piece while you’re there. Be sure to check out Baytown’s newest art installation, beginning Friday.