American artist Cliff Garten has completed more than 55 artworks in public spaces throughout the U.S. and Canada over the last twenty years. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His studio is based in Venice, Calif.
Garten is known for his evocative site-specific sculptures that integrate within urban space, landscape and infrastructure environments. His works have been praised for their ability to utilize light and form to create energy, inspire interest in public activity, and reframe a sense of place within the public and private realms. Garten has created a bronze sculpture placed in a fountain at Four CityLine Plaza, on the east side of N. Plano Road. The sculpture’s title, Retexo, is Latin and means to unweave or unravel. His sculpture portrays this unfolding with a combination of suspended bronze forms with water shimmering over their curved surfaces. Water from the two sculptures drips into a reflecting pool below.
Garten is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network has consistently cited his civic sculpture among the best public art projects in the nation.