Jim’s sculpture entitled The Peloton was unveiled by our Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price on Saturday, August 16 with a crowd of bicyclists and friends. The sculpture is set on a black concrete base on the Trinity Trail south of the Clearfork Bridge to the new Edwards Ranch Development. To view the stainless steel sculpture, ride a bicycle to the site. Or drive and park along Clearfork Main Street (West of the river) and walk east below the bridge.
Jim was inspired by Fort Worth’s bicycle-riding Mayor Price and has donated it to the Tarrant Regional Water District, TRWD, in recognition of their support and contribution to our wonderful trail system along the river.
The most important contribution to fabricate the sculpture was from local artist Tom Diel. He spent hours perfecting a technique to roll stainless steel pipe in oval shapes. Circles are relatively easy. Ovals require an artist’s touch. Tom is an accomplished artist, designing and fabricating unique furniture with entries in Fort Worth’s Main Street Arts Festival which have won a prize every year, including “Best of Show” in 2013.
Steve Bales, a well know bicycle rider, machined the three special rollers for Tom’s pipe rolling machine. Millet Engineering Group provided structural engineering.