Paying homage to imagination, creativity and whimsy, the city plans to erect a unicorn atop the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau headquarters.
On Oct. 21, the City Council approved the funding for the Unicorn Statue that will sit atop the turret structure on the northern end of the building.
The statue originally was intended to be installed during the construction process. But, because of a lack of funds at that time, the piece of art was deferred until now.
The city will spend $60,000 on the design, fabrication and installation of the sculpture created by Linda Lewis-Roark of Grapevine Foundry and Fine Arts Program
Paul W. McCallum, executive director of the convention and visitors bureau, long has been a supporter of the unicorn piece that represents imagination, flying free and that dreams can come true.
After the meeting, he spoke excitedly about how the city gives birth to memories of a lifetime, whether it is meeting a new friend at GrapeFest or going down a slide at the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge.
“It’s a city of dreams and imagination,” McCallum said.
Mayor William D. Tate was supportive of the piece.
“It represents what we want people to think of their community — where dreams can come true,” Tate said.
Mayor Pro Tem C. Shane Wilbanks also liked the sculpture that is said is a representation of something that is out of the box for Grapevine.
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“You look at all the other statuary that we have in town — they’re of other individuals,” Wilbanks said.
But the mayor pro tem said he liked the idea of something non-traditional.
“I think it becomes unique in the fact that there is something whimsical,” Wilbanks said. “It’s more than what represents an individual or a particular issue. It’s a representation of something that is totally different, out of the box, and becomes unique to the community.”
The money will come from the city’s public art fund, creating by the Public Arts Fund Ordinance.
The symbol of the unicorn was selected during the design phase of the bureau headquarters, a historical replication of 19th century Texas structures.
The unicorn will join the tower features that include a whimsical vertical time and temperature and clock-like wind dial, which suggest a feeling of carefree time. The north end of the building is anchored by the turret and soon to be topped by the unicorn statue.
The unicorn will be 4.5 feet tall with a 5-foot wing span. Citizens will be able to view the process of the sculpting and pouring of the bronze statue at the Grapevine foundry. This process will take place between November and April.
Lewis-Roark was selected from among eight artists based on the vibrancy of her unicorn design and the fact that she would involve local students in the sculpting process.