FRISCO — Some call it the largest private collection of contemporary sculpture by Texas artists in history. Some call it their office. The Texas Sculpture Garden at Hall Park incorporates art into everyday life.
Craig Hall, the chairman and founder of Dallas-based real estate company Hall Group, bought the land in 1980. And if anyone remembers what that corner of Frisco looked like even a few years ago, the difference has been like night and day.
“No one was building up here. There were cows across the street,” said Ellen Burger, Hall Park’s communications director. “I think he saw that the growth pattern of Dallas at the time was moving north. Things were growing, the airport was booming, all that, and he said, ‘Let’s buy some land up there, I think this could be worth something one day.’”
Now, Hall Park’s 162 acres off the Dallas North Tollway are home to 17 office buildings and 10,000 employees — in a growing city of 160,000 people. At times, the complex becomes a draw for recreational users, too. The recent Frisco Arts Walk and Run, an annual event, was held at the property.
Not only did Hall have a vision for location, he also had a vision to build the property with a highlight on the arts.
Hall hired arts curator Patricia Meadows to bring together a sculpture garden at the front of the property. Meadows, whose prominent family has a history of giving to support the arts, specializes in Texas art and has worked on and off with Hall for 25 years. “His concept out here was land and trees and flowers and artwork and giving people an environment where people could enjoy where they’re working and want to come to work,” said Meadows.
“He came into my office one day and said, ‘Where would you put 30-foot dancers?’” recalled Meadows. “And I said, ‘Have you bought 30-foot dancers?’”
Dancers MM by Jerry Daniel, a two-part ferro-cement sculpture, found a home at the property’s entrance thanks to her. It later became the official logo for Hall Park.
When you visit Hall Park, or even just its website, the sculpture is what greets you. The symbol, a group of dancers in motion, speaks to the developer’s efforts to liven up the workplace beyond what are typically thought to be its boundaries.
“There really is no 9 to 5 anymore,” says Burger. “With technology and always being wired-in, people are working ‘round the clock, really, because you’re expected to be responsive around the clock in companies.”
Part of Hall Park’s aim is to enable the live-work-play lifestyle that Burger mentions. There are plenty of fitness amenities and food options on or around the property, and hot spots like the Stonebriar Mall and The Star are only a couple minutes away.
The Texas Sculpture Garden is open to anyone. So whether you’re headed to work or just wanting to enjoy some Texas creations, all you have to do is cruise down the Dallas North Tollway and keep an eye out for the 30-foot dancers.
6801 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco. The exterior art collection is open daily dawn to dusk, and the interior art is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.