Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs has announced that it will hold two public meetings in order to discuss the proposed removal of the White Rock Lake Wildlife Water Theater, a public artwork by Frances Bagley and Tom Orr that was installed in lake as a bird watching “theater” in 2001. In January, the city determined that the piece had deteriorated past the point of salvaging and so should be decommissioned. But after a tremendous show of support for the piece and the artists’, the City of Dallas tabled the decision in order to pursue other options for the artwork, including a full $250,000 restoration of the piece. That price is a steep hill for the city to climb, as removal of the piece would cost only $25,000. However, since maintenance of the White Rock Lake Wildlife Water Theater was cut in 2009, blame for the detoriation of the work falls on the city, supporters of the Bagley and Orr will likely argue.
The Office of Cultural Affairs’ two public meetings to guage the community’s perspective on the artwork will both take place at the Bath House Cultural Center; the first is at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, and the second at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24.