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Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
New Murals in Eastside Promise Zone part of Public Art Residencies Program
SAN ANTONIO (November 7, 2016) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture will officially unveil three large-scale outdoor murals in the Hays Street Bridge area to coincide with the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival kick-off on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. These murals are the result of a collaborative partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture and Luminaria, and are the first of several public art projects planned for the Eastside Promise Zone. This multi-year initiative is being managed by Public Art San Antonio (PASA), a division of the Department of Arts & Culture, and applies creative placemaking strategies to integrate art and culture into community revitalization work on the Eastside. The program is intended to prompt dialogue, catalyze creative thinking, and educate youth, residents, and stakeholders about public art.
“The arts play an important role in enhancing the quality of life of any community, and that is especially true in San Antonio’s historic Eastside where the arts are an integral part of our history and fabric,” District 2 Councilman Alan E. Warrick, II, said. “As the Eastside continues to grow and transform, initiatives such the Eastside Public Art Residencies Program will be vital to that growth.”
The Eastside Public Art Residencies inaugural resident, Luminaria, invited international and national muralists to produce three permanent murals in the Hays Street Bridge area, one of the sites of the 2016 annual multi-arts Luminaria festival. Selected through an international open call for artists, the visiting muralists worked with local muralists and art students to realize their artworks, and engaged community residents and students through education initiatives and celebratory community events.
“There is nothing more exciting than working with contemporary artists to facilitate a grand project like these new murals,” Kathy Armstrong, Luminaria Executive Director, said. “Luminaria’s multi arts festival of contemporary arts provides the bridge between the practicing artists and the greater opportunities that working with an organization such as Public Art San Antonio provides.”
The artists for the three murals are:
Iker Muro: A native of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands – one of San Antonio’s Sister Cities – Muro created a 300-foot-long mural on the northeast portion of the Nolan Street underpass retaining wall. His mural, “Neon Drive,” will focus on refracted light. The piece complements the existing mural project on the northwest section of the Nolan Street underpass, which was initiated in 2013 by Alex Rubio’s mural project for San Anto Cultural Arts and the Blue Star Contemporary MOSAIC program.
Daniel Eime: This Portuguese artist painted a large-scale mural, “POWDER,” on the wall of a San Antonio Fire Department storage facility at the corner of Burnet and Cherry Streets near the Hays Street Bridge. Eime used his signature style that combines stenciling and photo-realist imagery to represent Texas, past and present.
“Los Dos”: El Paso-based husband and wife artist team Ramon and Christian Cardenas, “Los Dos,” created a mural under the Hays Street Bridge. “lluminados” is inspired by the U.S.-Mexico border and the people who live there. It depicts a figure wearing a folkloric mask seated on a magic carpet “flying across borders.”
These public art murals were commissioned by PASA as part of the City’s adopted public art plan supported by the 2012-2017 Bond Program, as well as support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grant Program. The Eastside Public Art Residencies Program is a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, the Office of Eastpoint, and the United Way of Bexar County, and San Antonio: Eastside Choice, and in collaboration with the San Antonio Housing Authority and the City of San Antonio’s Planning and Community Development Department.
The Department of Arts & Culture’s Public Art San Antonio division facilitates a public process for commissioning art of the highest standards which enriches the quality of life and visual environment for all residents and visitors of San Antonio. PASA manages public art projects associated with the City’s capital improvements programs and connects to the community through exhibits, presentations, outreach and planning initiatives. PASA works directly with all City departments and supports local public art efforts of artists, community groups, partner organizations and outside agencies. More information about Public Art San Antonio is available at www.getcreativesanantonio.com/Public-Art.