Fort Worth Murals – Trinity Trails

If you haven’t spent any time walking along the Trinity River, you’re really missing something.  The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) now has 100 miles of trails along the river throughout our county.  The month of May is a perfect time to take a stroll along the river.

You can find me walking somewhere along the Trinity River every weekend.  My plastic surgery practice has actually adopted a section of the Trinity River!  For the next two years, we are responsible for cleaning up the riverbank along the Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth.  More specifically, our section is along the area called ‘Heart of the Ranch‘.   Look for our markers along the path!

Painting the River: A Trinity Trails Mural Gallery

In 2020, the TRWD commissioned local artists as well as artist from around the country to paint murals on concrete structures found along the Trinity.  Artists were paid $3,000 – $6,000, depending on the size of the mural.  The structures, called utilitarian gates, dot the shoreline of the river in several areas.  Pick a section of the Trails some Saturday or Sunday morning and go for a nice walk.  Admire the murals along the way.  I’ve taken photographs of most of them, and they’re shown below.  Look at #4, #7, and #30B to get a better perspective.  I’ve cropped most of these murals to use as parts of collages in my office.  Numbers 4, 7, and 30B show the concrete blocks as you would see them along the Trinity.

#1: Trail Crawlers

by Callie Stiewig, from Springtown, Texas

Trinity Trails 1 Trail Crawlers - monarch

Trail Crawlers - butterfly

Trail Crawlers - blue bug

#2: Texas Trail Buds

by Chris Bingham, from Mesquite, Texas

Trinity Trails 2 Texas Trail Buds - origami heron

Trinity Trails 2 Texas Trail Buds - ladybugs

#3: Sharing Spaces

by Audie Pope, from Fort Worth

Trinity Trails 3 Sharing Spaces fish and turtle and feet

Trinity Trails 3 Sharing Spaces - fish

#4: Monarch

by Shelly Denning, from Denton, Texas

Take a good look at this one.  Shelly painted the concrete block to look like it has a hole in it.  Through the ‘hole’ you can ‘see’ the grassy riverbank.  The photograph shows the concrete block, the actual riverbank, and Shelly’s mural.

Trinity Trails 4 Monarch - buck

Trinity Trails 4 Monarch - doe

 

#6: Music on the Trinity

by Jana Renee, from Fort Worth

Trinity Trails 6 Music on the Trinity

Trinity Trails 6 Music on the Trinity - white water fowl

Trinity Trails 6 Music on the Trinity - ducklings

#7: Backyard Princesses

by Anya Boz, from Brooklyn, New York

The first photograph just adds a little perspective.  These concrete blocks are usually about 15 feet high and 6 feet wide.

Trinity Trails 7 Backyard Princess by Anya Boz blue heron

Trinity Trails 7 Backyard Princess - blue heron

Trinity Trails 7 Backyard Princess - frog

Trinity Trails 7 Backyard Princess - opossum

Trinity Trails 8 Backyard Princesses - cicada

#9: Cloud 9

by Jimmy Jenkins, from Fort Worth

Trinity Trails 9 Cloud 9 Blue heron

Trinity Trails 9 Cloud 9 - duck

#10: Giving and Receiving

by Adrian Brooks, from Wimberly, Texas

Trinity Trails 10 Giving and Receiving

#11: Cowboy Punk

by John Worley, from West Hollywood, California

Trinity Trails 11 Cowboy Punk

Trinity Trails 11 Cowboy Punk

#13: The Birds

by Nolan Mueller, from Plano, Texas

Trinity Trails 13 The Birds - owl

Trinity Trails 13 The Birds

#14: Selah

by Joshua West, from Azle, Texas

Trinity Trails 14 Selah mural - deer

Trinity Trails 14 Selah mural

Trinity Trails 14 Selah mural - big cat

#15: Keep Floating On

by Jason Eatherly, from Austin, Texas

Trinity Trails 15 Keep Floating On mural - butterfly

Trinity Trails 15 Keep Floating On mural - flower

#16: The Cardinal

by Selena Mize, from Wichita Falls, Texas

Trinity Trails 16 The Cardinal mural

 

#17: Trinity Trails

by Saxon Lynn Arts, in Mansfield, Texas

Trinity Trails 17 Trinity Trails mural

#21: River Owls

by Anat Ronen, from Houston, Texas

Trinity Trails 21 River Owls - mother and baby

Trinity Trails 21 River Owls mural - owl juvenile

#25: Trinity Trout

by Mike Tabor, from Granbury, Texas

Trinity Trails 25 Trinity Trout mural - cowboy and fish

Trinity Trails 25 Trinity Trout - fishing

#28: Wild Trinity

by Anthony Padilla, from Ridgewood, New York

Trinity Trails 28 Wild Trinity mural

#29A: Bulldog Rodeo

by Qwynto, from Memphis, Tennessee

Trinity Trails 29A Bulldog Rodeo mural

Trinity Trails 29A Bulldog Rodeo mural - girl and dog

Trinity Trails 29A Bulldog Rodeo mural dog with bird

#29B: Bikes and River Tubes

by Murray Miller, from Fort Worth

Trinity Trails 29B Bikes and River Tubes murarl

#30A: Alive and Kicking

by Gabriel Prusmack, from Galveston, Texas

Trinity Trails 30A Alive and Kicking mural - frog

#30B: Wildflower Country

by SM Sanz, from Dallas, Texas

Here, too, I wanted to add a little perspective.

Trinity Trails Wildflower Country mural and Dr. Kunkel

Trinity Trails 30B Wildflower Country mural

#31: Armadillo

by Mia Soleil, from Austin, Texas

Trinity Trails 31 Armadillo mural

 

Trinity Trails Mural Gallery

As you can see, there’s a lot of art just waiting for you along the Trinity River in Fort Worth.  If any of the murals shown above interest you, go see it in person!  Here’s a link that shows you where each of the murals is located: Trinity Trails murals map.

I have created collages of these, and other, murals from around Fort Worth.  The collages decorate my plastic surgery office in the Fort Worth medical district.  Come by and take a look sometime!

 

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