Dallas City Hall

In 1977 Medellín was awarded a commission for a monumental sculpture to decorate the main entry of the new Dallas City Hall. Studying the space, Medellín developed a plan for an abstract arrangement of interlocked rings surrounding the center point of the new building. The rings represented the growing populations of Dallas and would be constructed from hammered lead. The artist produced two scaled models to guide the creation of the final piece. The wall on which the sculpture was to be placed was also slated to record the names of past city council members. When it became clear that the scale of Medellín’s sculpture would make that impossible, he was offered another wall in the building. But Medellín felt his design was site-specific to the original space and he was unwilling to change it, leading to the cancellation of the commission.