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Dunno What'll Happen to Deep Ellum. But At Least There'll Be Sculptures.

Brad Oldham, left, and Reel FX's Brandon Oldenburg with something resembling ... a glass snake, maybe? And, yes, that is the Knights of Pythias Temple in the background,
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Brad Oldham and Reel FX Creative Studios now have a sizable chunk of change courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit: $1,365,000, to be precise. And with that dough, they're now under contract to DART to provide "a sculpture series at multiple sites surrounding DART’s new Deep Ellum Rail Station," which is part of the Green Line and scheduled to open at the intersection of N. Good-Latimer Expressway and Gaston Avenue come September '09, fingers crossed. Notes Reel FX's veep of creative Brandon Oldenburg in the media release, seen in full after the jump: "The initial concept for the sculpture series was conceived from the minds of the Reel FX artists who live and work in Deep Ellum." Look at DART, doing something all positive for the peoples. Probably driving Schutze nuts. --Robert Wilonsky

Reel FX Creative Studios and Brad Oldham, Inc. Awarded DART Contract To Provide Sculptural Installation at Deep Ellum Rail Station

May 30, 2008, Dallas, TX – The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) board has awarded a contract not to exceed $1,365,000.00 to Reel FX Creative Studios and Brad Oldham, Inc. to create a sculpture series at multiple sites surrounding DART’s new Deep Ellum Rail Station, one of several new stations along DART’s Green Line. This sculptural installation will coincide with the September 2009 opening of the new Deep Ellum Rail Station located near North Good Latimer Expressway and Gaston Avenue.

The Reel FX-Brad Oldham team was awarded this project for their visionary approach to the sculpture series and connection to Deep Ellum and its artistic community. The initial concepts submitted by the team will now enter the final design and construction document phase. The concept and design of this project will be kept under wraps until later this year.

“DART is proud of our public art program and we look forward to working with this enthusiastic team of artists in Deep Ellum,” said Gary C. Thomas, President/Executive Director of DART. “The funding for this sculptural installation is part of the bond issue passed in 2002 by the Dallas voters.”

“The initial concept for the sculpture series was conceived from the minds of the Reel FX artists who live and work in Deep Ellum,” said Brandon Oldenburg, Vice President of Creative for Reel FX Creative Studios. “Deep Ellum is a neighborhood that has experienced many rebirths, and with our partner Brad Oldham, we are honored to create artwork that will have a positive impact on the community.”

“Collaborating with a highly creative studio like Reel FX has been very rewarding for our company, and we are excited with the artistic concepts we’ve created together,” said Brad Oldham, President of Brad Oldham, Inc. “With the award of this contract, we can now move into final stages of creative development, working closely with DART.”

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