Posted 70 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)
Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
City of San Antonio Celebrates Next Installment of World Heritage Trail Public Art Project with ‘Four Seasons’ Murals
SAN ANTONIO (July 12, 2017) – The City of San Antonio celebrates the completion of the latest installment of the World Heritage Trail Public Art Project with an installation of four murals entitled, “Four Seasons.” The murals are located along Villamain Rd. at the I-410 underpass, and were created by four San Antonio artists: Joe de la Cruz, Albert Garza, Chris Montoya and Cristina Sosa Noriega.
For this public art installation, the City worked with community partners SMART, led by Andy and Yvette Benavides, and the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions. The works depict the four seasons and plants and animals native to this geographic area that have sustained the seasonal migrations of the indigenous population that inhabited this area for thousands of years.
“This public art project is special because these murals are storytellers and capture the spirit and history of the nearby neighborhoods,” said District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran. “There is a history about this area that many people do not know, and these murals share this history through the works of talented San Antonio artists.”
This project is a collaborative effort between the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, World Heritage Office, and various community partners. The City of San Antonio has held several community meetings to work with area businesses, neighborhoods, individual artists and arts organizations on location and artist selection, and mural concepts.
These 10 murals will be placed in key areas along the World Heritage Trail area to reinforce and enhance the visitor experience, while also providing an aesthetic vision that reflects the rich history and culture of the missions, people and neighborhoods within the area. Additional sites for mural installations include: S. Presa St., Roosevelt Ave., Mission Rd., Steves at US 90, Stinson Municipal Airport, and Mission Parkway at the S.E. Military underpass.
San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions were designated a World Heritage Site in 2015. Shortly after designation, Councilwoman Viagran led a series of symposia designed to engage the public. The input received was used to develop a World Heritage Work Plan that includes short- and long-term goals for specific categories identified by the community. As part of this work plan, a beautification assessment was completed. The assessment identifies strategies and opportunities to improve the visual character and perceived safety, comfort, and function of spaces within the World Heritage Trail corridor. As part of the work plan, branded banners have been installed, as well as photo banners that not only serve as wayfinding, but also exhibit the rich cultural heritage of San Antonio. These public art murals are another way to improve the visual character and perceived safety, comfort, and function of spaces within the World Heritage Trail corridor for residents and visitors.
Residents can call 210-207-2111 or visit the World Heritage Office website for more information.