Two charming, tan stone pillars stand strong on Beltway Drive in Addison, supporting a striking grey metal sphere. Carved into the stone is a beautiful picture of a tree, complete with leaves, birds and an owl nestled in its branches. This piece of art is called “Arcadia,” a name announced by the Addison Arbor Foundation last month.
“Arcadia” was created by artist Eliseo, who attended the site to sign his monumental sculpture on Dec. 19. Representatives from the Addison Arbor Foundation and the Town of Addison were there, as well as Ultimate Ventures, a corporate meeting and event planning company that was one of the donors for “Arcadia,” and Hampton Inn, who provided an easement to the Town of Addison for the sculpture.
The name “Arcadia” reflects “a vision of pastoralism, beautiful scenery and harmony with nature, which Eliseo captured with his sculpture,” according to an update shared by the Addison Arbor Foundation on their Facebook page. “Arcadia” also refers to a sparsely populated Greek province known for its natural beauty, including mountains, green spaces and unspoiled wilderness.
Dallas-native Eliseo is a multi-media sculpture artist with experience in private, commercial and public art sculpture that utilizes traditional natural stone, steel and cast bronze creations. His work is noted for its “visual impact, innovative free flowing designs, substance and relevance to theme content,” according to his website. He has received several awards throughout his career, including the VHA Designer and Sculptor Award, the Texas State Visual Artist Award and more. You can see another one of Eliseo’s artwork at Spruill Dog Park in Addison, where a large dog carved out of limestone greets visitors at the park entrance.
The Addison Arbor Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission “to promote and enhance landscaping, public art, public parks and parks and recreation programs of the Town of Addison.” They have installed several public art pieces and landscaping projects, funded by donors, all throughout the Town of Addison.
Next time you are looking for some fresh air, stop by Beltway Drive next to Hampton Inn and admire “Arcadia”! This amazing sculpture looks even more impressive in person.