Fountain Place Debuts Dallas’ Largest Art Installation

Fountain Place, a Dallas skyline landmark owned by Goddard Investment Group, recently unveiled the city’s largest art installation at the building.

The eight-story tall painting of Dallas icons was created by artist Steve Penley and specially commissioned by Goddard Investment Group.

Penley’s original 9-foot by 7-foot painting was reproduced into an eight-story tall piece of art visible throughout the Dallas Arts District, Uptown District, and Woodall Rodgers Freeway. 

Penley is known for his bold interpretation of American icons that celebrate the American Ideal. His work can be found in corporate and private collections around the world, including Coca-Cola’s world headquarters and the College Football Hall of Fame. 

 “When I was kid I always wanted to be a cowboy. One always thinks of Texas as being the land of cowboys. When I’m here at least I get to feel like one,” Penley said. “It’s an honor to share my cowboy dreams with the people of Dallas and to have my work become a part of this amazing building.”

“Goddard Investment Group is thrilled to unveil this incredibly special painting by world-renowned artist Steve Penley,” said Jim Wilson, Goddard Investment Group Partner. “Like so many others, we have been an admirer of Penley’s work, so when we came up with this idea for an installation, we sought him out specifically to commission this new piece. We are extremely thankful to him for his talents and capturing our vision, and we can’t wait for North Texans to view the art for themselves.”

 Fountain Place, a 58-story glass prism, designed by preeminent architects I.M. Pei and Harry Cobb of I.M. Pei Partners, rises from the famous plaza containing 1.7 acres of water, cascading fountains and trees designed by legendary landscape architect Dan Kiley. Originally built in 1986, a recently completed $70 million renovation updated the building’s interiors. The addition of AMLI Fountain Place, a 45-story architectural masterpiece with 366 residences, completes the project’s original vision as the preeminent live-work-play urban environment.

“Goddard Investment Group is proud to present this gift to the city of Dallas,” said Quito Anderson, Goddard Investment Group Partner. “And since Steve Penley is well known for his bold paintings that capture icons, we felt it would be great to honor some of the images that we associate with Dallas. And for Big D we had to make it eight stories tall!” 

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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