A poignant milestone was reached today on the North White Chapel and Highland Street roundabout. The Be The Bridge public art piece is now in place.

“It’s an emotional day,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “In the middle of all of this uncertainty, to have this beautiful sculpture take it rightful place in the heart of our City just feels good.”

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Artist Boris Kramer helps install Be The Bridge.

Artist Boris Kramer sculpted Be The Bridge. It is composed of several different metals, including stainless steel, bronze, copper, and brass. It is 16 feet wide by nearly 17 feet tall.

According to Mr. Kramer, each of the figures feature a curve in space to make the figures appear to be in motion. Also, when viewed from above, the sculpture looks like an “S.”

He also stated in a narrative given to the City, “The bridge is intentionally left with a gap in the middle to represent the challenges that exist in our society due to our differences.  The bridges in our lives do not always connect.  The children dancing on the bridge are able to “jump over” the challenges by working together, holding hands, and simply playing together.”

“I am so excited for people to enjoy it,” Mayor Hill added. “Especially now, this sculpture tells Southlake’s story. The artist constructed a gorgeous piece of art.”

The piece is the latest addition to Southlake’s Public Art collection.  For a virtual tour and art locations, please visit www.ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/PublicArt.

Be the Bridge during installation.


How much has Southlake grown since 2010? We’ll find out this year as the US Census Bureau tabulates the information it receives from every city across the US, including Southlake.

Every ten years, the United States conducts a massive count of all its citizens. For most citizens, the count doesn’t start until mid-March with a mailed invitation to complete the Census. The exception is the most remote parts of Alaska, where the count began January 21.

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Click the picture for a sample 2020 Census Questionnaire.

According to the Census Bureau, the “results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results [also] determine how many congressional seats each state receives.”

The Census effort is years in the making. The confidential and anonymous citizen responses are accepted online and by phone, as well as through the mail. The 2020 Census field staff are responsible for verifying addresses and gathering information about where people live.

“We know that people may have questions about census field workers who will be in Southlake neighborhoods starting in April,” said Deputy Director of Public Relations, Pilar Schank. “There are three ways to identify Census staff. They will have a laptop computer with a census logo on it, a black canvas bag that also has a logo, and most importantly, they will have a photo ID card."

Schank added that Southlake Police Officers are aware of these guidelines as well and will be working with citizens in case they have questions. Depending on the number of responses, the workers could be in neighborhoods as late as July.

“Based on our 2010 numbers, the Southlake Census Bureau is predicting a very high response rate for Southlake, said Schank. “We’d like to match or exceed that rate in this Census.”

For more information about the 2020 Census, visit the 2020Census.gov website. To learn more about Southlake’s efforts in support of the Census, click here: www.CityofSouthlake.com/2020Census.

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