It’s hard to miss the colorful new mural at Glencoe Park. The 650-foot piece catches the eye long before neighbors reach the park with its bold patterns and geometric shapes.
Garrison and Keeping started on one side — when it was blistering hot — and worked their way to the other. Now, there are some days when they shiver while they paint.
“We wanted something that was bold enough that you could read it from far back, but when you get up close, it rewards you with the effort we put into the quality,” Garrison said.
The artwork, commissioned by the University Crossing Public Improvement District, will likely be completed this week. Neighbors will see images, such as a mockingbird and a mustang, that reflect the district. Yet many questions remain.
“There are so many little elements for people to discover,” Garrison says. “Some of them are spelled out. Some of them are abstract for people to figure out on their own.”
Spoiler alert: Garrison and Keeping told the Advocate the answers to some of the most common neighborhood questions.
Why are there gray dots on the mustang?
The mustang references neighboring Southern Methodist University, and the gray dots represent the lights at the stadium where the No. 16 team plays football.
What are the multicolored circles?
The mural shows several figures that look like they’re running along the trail. The multicolored circles are their heads, and other geometric shapes complete their arms and shoulders, painted in a running motion. “People don’t see it right away, but as it starts to settle, people will eventually pick up on it,” Garrison said.
What are the doves?
The two doves honor two pedestrians hit and killed on Mockingbird Lane.
Does the mural have a pattern?
The mural is linear. On the south side of the wall, visitors will see images like the pegasus that reflect Dallas as a whole. As they continue north, they’ll see scenes, such as the DART train, that are specific to the neighborhood. The mural is bookended by two bridges — the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on the left and the Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge on the right.
When it is finished, the mural will be sealed with an anti-graffiti coating.
“Everyone walking by has been so great,” Keeping said. “People on bikes yell, ‘This is great’ as they go by.”
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