What is ArtFill?

ArtFill is a contemporary art installation designed to fill that temporary void with an artistic intervention via community interactivity. ArtFill is a community work of art, which the local community is invited to participate in and enjoy.

The Arts Council of Brazos Valley and Downtown Bryan Association formed a partnership with the City of Bryan to secure the use of a semi-permanent site for the construction of a multi-use community art installation. Designed by local architects LaurelHouse Studio, ArtFill grew out of discussions about the future of Downtown Bryan’s North end. The anticipated setting for a large mixed-use development, the North End currently sits largely vacant after 7 city blocks of dilapidated railroad warehouses were razed in 2010. With updated infrastructure–newly paved roads, street lights, utilities, high-speed communications–the area is ripe for infill redevelopment. However, until plans are finalized and development takes its course, the heart of Bryan has incurred a temporary void.

Current Installations

The current ArtFill sculpture is by Steephollow Forgeworks & John McGee. McGee's inspiration is Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam."

Photo Credit: Thomas M. Cavaness

John McGee:

John McGee attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and earned his Bachelors and Masters in art from the University of Northern Iowa with an emphasis in painting and drawing.


Steephollow Forgeworks:

Steephollow Foregeworks is a family of Texan metal workers. They tout a combined 80 years of in-shop experience and have practiced the art of Blacksmithing and forging for 14 years.