Rail Ladder Fire
Piece: “Rail Ladder Fire”
Artist: Christopher Fennell
Description: Decommissioned ladders and discarded train rails have been transformed into Fire Station #5’s landmark “green” sculpture, called “Rail Ladder Fire” by artist Christopher Fennell.
This site-specific sculpture uses ladders, which are an icon to fire fighting and were provided by the Allen Fire Department. It also incorporates railroad rails that symbolize Allen’s significant railroad history.
Standing 23-feet tall, the sculpture is meant to engage the imagination of children and adults alike. From afar, it provides a literal interpretation of the rails supporting a fire ball, but as one looks from underneath the sculpture, it provides an imaginative interpretation with a different way of looking at the world.
Medium: Decommissioned fire ladders and steel train rails
Location: Fire Station #5, 1950 W. McDermott Dr.
Date of Commission: 2009
Commissioned By: City of Allen