What are these sculptures downtown?

The Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art and a partner took urban beautification and public art a step further.

Modern and First on 7th Plaza displayed three outdoor sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection downtown.

The sculptures will be on display indefinitely, officials said.

The sculptures almost blend into the downtown landscape. This artistic partnership chose these works for the unique integration of the sculptures in the urban decor of the city center.

“We were delighted when the First on 7th team offered to install sculptures from our collection on this site,” says Marla Price, Director of The Modern. “Our sculptures joining the artwork currently on display create a wonderful entrance into downtown Fort Worth.”

Sculptures include Park Avenue Departure by Alex Katz, Texas Shield by Jesús Bautista Moroles, and Chance Meeting by George Segal. These three new sculptures stand opposite Noguchi’s artwork and Jonathan Borofsky’s iconic Man with Briefcase in Burnett Park.

Park Avenue Departure (2019, porcelain enamel on shaped steel with steel core) was first exhibited in Midtown Manhattan along the meridian strip of Park Avenue. The eight-foot cutout depicts the artist’s wife from behind as she walks.

Texas Shield (1986) is part of Moroles’ series of granite weaves, two vertical slabs woven together at a 90 degree angle along a central spine.

Chance Meeting (1989, bronze, aluminum pole and metal sign) depicts a street corner with three life-size figures in dark green patina, each dressed in modern clothing.

500 West 7th Street.