One of the most smile-inducing components of the new Fort Worth Museum School isn’t an artifact, reptile or colorful painting. Rather it’s “The Happy Family,” a site-specific metal sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Barrett DeBusk, situated in the middle of the Museum School Courtyard.

Created from powder-coated metal, the grouping includes a “father and his two children – a boy and a girl,” said DeBusk. “My intention was to present a family that has just visited the Museum of Science and History – to bring to life the excitement and fun they were having,” he added. “The young boy appears quite exuberant while the little girl is more shy and reserved,” DeBusk explained.

The brilliant cobalt-blue artwork is set in the secure courtyard against bright tangelo-colored walls – one of the many architectural elements specific to a Legorreta + Legorreta building design. “In this setting, the sculpture is approachable and something young children can relate to,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “It is a perfect addition to our beautiful new campus.”

Barrett DeBusk holds both a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas, Denton. His work is represented in collections across the world including: Miyake Design Research, Japan; Art in Embassies Program, Washington, DC; Reflex Miniatuur Museum, Amsterdam; Hope Children’s Hospital, Chicago; and Le Logis, Velleron, France. DeBusk is represented by The William & Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe.

The Happy Family is the result of a generous donation from Linbeck. “Having lived and worked in Fort Worth, I was especially pleased to receive this commission. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to create a sculpture specifically for an institution I admire.”


 The Happy family

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