Copper in the Arts

December 2012

Commemorative JFK Bronze Sculpture Unveiled in Fort Worth, TX

JFK statue Bronze statue of President John F. Kennedy.

Photograph courtesy of JFK Tribute and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

A bronze statue of President John F. Kennedy was unveiled on Nov. 8 in Fort Worth, TX commemorating a permanent open air exhibit built where President John F. Kennedy presented his final speeches on the morning of November 22, 1963.

"The events of that day in 1963 have imbued the Fort Worth visit with extraordinary significance," said Taylor Gandy, JFK Tribute Co-Chair. "President Kennedy's vision and the impact of his leadership are as relevant today as they were in 1963."

The JFK Tribute is the culmination of over a decade of work by a public-private partnership spearheaded by DFWII and Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy to create a tribute to Kennedy commemorating his historic visit to Fort Worth and his immutable ideals of freedom, courage, discovery and leadership, which he shared in his speeches delivered here.

The Tribute exhibit was designed around an eight foot, heroic scale Lawrence Ludtke bronze sculpture, John F. Kennedy, cast in bronze in 2009 and installed in 2012. General Worth Square improvements by the City of Fort Worth set the stage for the new Tribute. The design team was led by Jacobs and included Museumscapes, the Lighting Practice, and AUI Contractors, LLC.

"Everyone involved in this project is honored to create a lasting tribute to this part of Fort Worth's history and to present it in such a public location for all to enjoy," concluded Mrs. Gandy.

Resources:

JFK Tribute, General Worth Square, Fort Worth, TX, (817) 698-7841

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