History of the steel sculpture in the Cultural District

Making art out of destruction.


The billboard is long gone, but the bent steel girders are still there.

Have you ever been sitting at the six-point intersection of University Drive and Camp Bowie Boulevard and staring at the bent steel sculpture behind the Bailey Avenue post office?

Yeah, we have too — but we didn’t know what that installation was until this week, thanks to @fortworthyhistory.

On March 28, 2000, an F3 tornado tore through Fort Worth, shredding buildings and leaving destruction across town. The wind hit a billboard at the intersection hard enough to blow away the sign and bend four steel girders nearly in half.

The girders are still standing, a “Wizard of Oz” like jaunt toward the Tarrant County Courthouse.

The back of the building features a photo of a rolling thunderstorm, taken by Texas’s official state photographer Wyman Meinzer.

An inscription quotes the unofficial motto of the US Postal Service "…Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

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