Bill Wiener Jr. is the artist responsible for the pieces. You could call him a salesman, but there was no money changing hands. The series of pieces occupying the various front yards along the short curves of road are his personal artistic vision.
Bill Jr. is the architect son of the late architect Bill Wiener Sr., who along with brother Sam, were pioneers in the 1930s in what came to be called the International Style of architecture. Each of the two architect brothers designed several homes in the intimate neighborhood and lived in two of them. The one on the south side of the street at top of hill up near Creswell is one of my most favorite houses in all of Shreveport. I toured it once and the vibes from it gave me chills. I like to think you'll know it when you see it. Stunning.
Back to the salesman aspect of the story: Bill went to various homeowners, one at a time, showed them a concept for a specific sculpture, and asked them if they would mind displaying it in their yard. As he put it, some agreed, some did not. But Bill got enough to agree to make the neighborhood an artist showcase. He did not much care for the publicity. He simply wanted the art to draw the attention and to pull the small neighborhood together with the art.
When asked to describe the works, Bill explained, "Each piece is based on geometry and the repetition of a variation on a theme." He loves taking two-dimensional material (steel plate) and creating three-dimensional art from it.
"Most of the pieces were designed in the middle of the night," he said, "Then I had a metal fabricator blow it up."