04/20/2020, Dallas, TX. Artist Beatski Tbb concentrates on painting his signature graf, “Sedso”.
Most of what's said at Fabrication Yard in Dallas, Texas, is communicated with the hiss of a spray can. Its cadence is interrupted intermittently by its wielder when they decide to reign in their free-flowing creativity and step away from their work to review their vision. After quick consideration, the artist resumes their hymn.
Life goes on at Fabrication Yard. Despite an ongoing pandemic, the site continues to attract artists and sightseers throughout the day. The art park is largely outdoors and can be explored comfortably without coming too close in contact with other visitors. According to the art park’s Facebook page, it is always open, apparently even during shelter-at-home orders designed to enforce social distancing.
Fabrication Yard is a living canvas; art pieces have a half-life of about a week before they are covered up by another artist’s work. Constant fresh work and rotating artists makes this an ideal location to revisit. “It’s a free wall,” artist Beatski Tbb said, pointing to a spot his work used to occupy. “When I finish this right here, anybody can go over it like the second I leave…just got to get your flick.”
A common recent theme at Fabrication Yard has been the COVID-19 virus, the culprit of an ongoing pandemic. The art serves to as a reminder of both the threat of the virus, and the continuation of creative life in spite of it.