Caelum Moor, Tolmen Barrow

Last October ‘Caelum Moor,” by Pomona College emeritus professor of sculpture Norm Hines, was reinstalled in Arlington, Texas. The five freestanding granite sculptures, weighing a total of 540 tons, are located along Johnson Creek in Arlington’s Entertainment District, home to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, U.S. Bowling Congress, Arlington Convention Center and Cowboys Stadium.

In 1984 Hines was commissioned by Jane Mathes Kelton, CEO of the Kelton Mathes Development Corporation, to create Caelum Moor. The commission, which also includes the design of the park in which the sculpture was located, took two years to complete and cost $1.5 million to construct. Each of the five individual groups of stones has its own Celtic name.

From 1986 to 1997, Caelum Moor was located at the headwaters of Johnson Creek along Interstate 20 in south Arlington. In 1997, the land was acquired by a developer, and the stones were donated to the City of Arlington, where they remained in storage until their reinstallation last October.  For more information see 

Norm Hines was a professor of art at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., in 1984 when he was commissioned by Jane Mathes Kelton to create the environmental work of art that came to be known as Caelum Moor. Kelton was a resident of Arlington and the CEO of the Kelton Mathes Development Corporation.

The Caelum Moor commission took two years to complete and cost $1.5 million to construct. The completed work of art, which included a park that Hines also designed, was later appraised at more than $3 million. The sculpture is comprised of five individual groups of stones, each with its own Celtic name within a landscaped setting.

The stone monuments range in height from 8 to 30 feet, weigh a total of more than 540 tons and have no celestial connection.

From 1986 to 1997, Caelum Moor was located at the headwaters of Johnson Creek along Interstate 20 in south Arlington. In 1997, the land was acquired by a developer, and the stones were donated to the City of Arlington, where they remained in storage until last October.  For more information see http://www.ci.arlington.tx.us/publicart/caelummoor.html