Artists David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr of RDG Dahlquist Art Studio recently installed a sculptural plaza at Lake Como Park inspired by its natural beauty and rich history. Anchored by a strong, weathering steel sculpture that frames the community literally and figuratively, the work is an invitation to gather and gaze both outward and inward.
This piece honors community leader William H. Wilburn, Sr., Lake Como Park founder and editor of The Lake Como Weekly, and Amon G. Carter, Sr., whose gift of land established Lake Como Park in 1952. Each vertical metal plate that makes up the two sides of the frame echo significant text excerpts from The Lake Como Weekly archives and other historically relevant documents with cut-outs and engravings. Angled towards the sky, two triangular plates listing Mr. Wilburn and Mr. Carter honor the two men while connecting the frame. Two hand-carved white oak benches mimicking the surrounding landscape are housed within the sculpture to offer a place for reflection. The work rests on a compacted decomposed granite surface, nestled near the park’s historic pavilion and dock.