Shortly after moving to Frisco, a suburb north of Dallas, we decided to explore the Texas Sculpture Garden. Upon arriving, I was immediately drawn to David McCullough’s colorful sculpture “Quanta: Celtic Spirit Catcher.” As we walked closer, I saw that the sculpture was covered with drawings, tiles, labyrinths, and symbols. We listened to the audio tour notes provided on the Otocast App and were invited to touch the sculpture. We ran our hands over the varied textures and traced the ridges of the labyrinths.
The artist explained … “My sculpture is created from field notation drawings, watercolors, and poetry made on camping trips to the four corner area of the western states in the U.S.A. The magical rock formations, canyons, and spacial high desert lightscapes inspired these compositions. My Celtic and Native American ancestor spirits are echoed in the drawings and ceramic tile designs of the cement colored surfaces. The upliftying winged spirit forms reference the earth spirits and geomantic forces that keep nature cycles alive. These totemic artworks connect the land and sky; as well as, the hand and the heart, mind and spirit and long lastly our collective imagination.”
We had been expecting a small, local art exhibit but were surprised to find over forty contemporary sculptures spread out over four acres of beautiful landscaping with winding trails, lakes, fountains, and seating areas. The setting is perfect for a walking meditation or to spend some contemplative time in Visio Divina (divine seeing). Similar to the prayer form Lectio Divina (divine reading), Visio Divina uses visual elements to help you focus and pray with the eyes of your heart.
The collection is free, accessible year-round, and is the largest private collection of contemporary Texas sculptures. For more info.
Check out David McCullough’s artwork here.