Two sculptures created by Dallas artist George Tobolowsky have been recently placed on display in the McKinney City Hall and Development Services buildings. The sculptures are created from scrap metal from the Collin County Courthouse building that was formerly located at 210 S. McDonald St. and demolished in 2010.
Tobolowsky was provided with 15,000 pounds of bent I-beams from the building during demolition. Three sculptures were created from the I-beams, and two are on display in city buildings. “Planning” is located in the McKinney City Hall and “the tearing down” is located in the Development Services building.
“Planning” is a sculpture made from several pieces of metal that were cut from these I-beams and recycled rebar. This sculpture captures the excitement and creativity of planning a new project. “the tearing down” is a sculpture that captures the energy of one of the first steps to rebuilding. The metal in this sculpture has been bent and mangled by equipment used in tearing down the building.
Tobolowsky earned his business degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University. A minor in sculpture sparked a long standing relationship with another Texas sculptor, the venerable James Surls. Tobolowsky has sustained an active involvement in the arts, as board member of esteemed organizations including the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and the Library of Congress. His work was recently on display in McKinney, when his metal sculpture of a 1950s-inspired bra symbolically hanging from a tree of life was displayed in front of the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Saturday, Oct. 14 as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tobolowsky co-created the piece with Leslie Ezelle, Susan G. Komen Honorary Chairperson for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure 2011.