Victory Park Unveils Multicolored, Music-Themed Sculpture

The sculpture, "Matchbox," gets its name from a 1964 Beatles cover of a Blind Lemon Jefferson song from 1927.

There’s a new sculpture in Victory Park, one that’s sure to strike a chord with visitors to the 75-acre development near downtown Dallas.

The multicolored piece called “Matchbox,” is a visual translation of a 1964 Beatles song by the same name.

The sculpture by Las Vegas-based artist Tim Lavington sits outside the W Dallas-Victory Hotel and the public is invited to come see it during a launch event from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

The multicolored piece called “Matchbox,” is a visual translation of a 1964 Beatles song by the same name. Made with steel pipe and automotive paint, it stands 15 feet high and is 34 feet wide.

[Photo: Victory Park]

Lavington chose the theme because of his British roots and the song’s Texas connection — it was first performed in 1927 by blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson, who began his career playing on Dallas street corners a few miles from Victory Park.

“This one-of-a-kind sculpture from Tim Bavington has such a unique inspiration behind it that ties together his background and bits of Dallas history,” 
Terry Montesi
 

“This one-of-a-kind sculpture from Tim Bavington has such a unique inspiration behind it that ties together his background and bits of Dallas history,”  Trademark Property Co. CEO Terry Montesi said in a release. “We want to give people unique, memorable experiences when they come to Victory Park.”

The public art is part of the district redevelopment led by owner Estein USA and retail partner Trademark Property Co. As part of their transformation efforts, Victory is making enhancements to evolve into “an authentic, walkable, and soulful urban neighborhood,” according to a release.

Victory’s growing public art program also includes five vibrant murals by local artist Lesli Marshall, an eight-foot steel sculpture in the “Victory-sign” hand gesture by California-based artist Nathan Mabry, 15 sculptural bike racks, and additional pieces rolling out in the coming months.

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The sculpture titled, Heavy Handed (Symbol), is part of artist Nathan Mabry’s Heavy Handed series and is meant to reference the gesture of victory and peace. [Photo Courtesy Victory Park]

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