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Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
New Public Art by San Antonio Artists Unveiled at San Antonio International Airport
‘¡Adelante San Antonio!’ Celebrates San Antonio’s Tricentennial, Contributions to Aviation History
SAN ANTONIO (January 17, 2018) –The City of San Antonio has announced the completion of the San Antonio International Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC). The facility features a public art project, “¡Adelante San Antonio!,” that includes a pair of monumental exterior murals and interior murals that commemorate San Antonio’s Tricentennial, as well as the city’s contributions to aviation history. This is the first major public art unveiling of San Antonio’s Tricentennial.
The mural designs are printed on architectural grade fabric panels that integrate as a triptych onto the building’s façade and also inside the Customer Service Bay (CSB). The public art project is the work of San Antonio artist collaborative, Dos Mestizx: Suzy González & Michael Menchaca, and was commissioned by Public Art San Antonio, a division of the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture. The artwork chronicles the past 300 years of San Antonio history highlighting the progression of aviation, architecture, and culture.
“From the early Yanaguana inhabitants to modern-day aviation, this public art piece by San Antonio artist Suzy González and Michael Menchaca showcases how our city has transformed over the past 300 years, and reminds residents and visitors of our rich traditions and notable contributions,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture Director.
The “¡Adelante San Antonio!” suite of murals in the CSB spans more than 240 linear feet over the rental car counters. Their images were sourced from a variety of local historians, including content experts from the Witte Museum and the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. Each of the exterior murals is 35 feet high and 88 feet wide, and feature two iconic images of a hybrid eagle with an aeronautic shape taking flight against the backdrop of a San Antonio sunrise and sunset. The artists chose the golden eagle as their inspiration because it is indigenous to this region and one of the best-known birds of prey in the northern hemisphere for its agility and speed in the air. The left panel, with its colors of green and blue, is representative of morning and day flights, and embodies the moment of departure. The right panel, with blue and purple colors, signifies moon-lit nighttime flights with a flock of birds returning home to represent the moment of arrival.
The centerpiece of the interior murals takes influence from the Rose Window, a historical quatrefoil design pattern that traveled from Europe to Mexico to San Antonio. In this artwork, the floral imagery in the Rose Window acknowledges the history of Texas, while the propeller signifies San Antonio’s role in the history of flight. Acting as a symbol of the city, the Rose Window in this artwork welcomes those who are visiting or returning home.
Dos Mestizx: Suzy González & Michael Menchaca is an emerging public artist team based in San Antonio. The artists completed the City of San Antonio’s Public Art Mentorship program in 2017. González holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has participated in artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Trelex Residency at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru, and shown at exhibitions in San Antonio, New York City, Boston and Los Angeles. Menchaca earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has participated in artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center, and shown works at exhibitions in San Antonio, New York City, and Tulsa.
“‘¡Adelante!’ chronicles the history of San Antonio while also recognizing those people who were here far before this region was given its name. We are honored to have been able to make this artwork that highlights the progression of aviation, immigration, architecture, music, and more,” González and Menchaca said.
An interactive touch-screen kiosk located within the Customer Service Bay will allow CONRAC visitors to learn more about the details of the artwork, its symbolism and inspiration, and the artist team.
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.
This project is a collaborative effort between the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, Aviation Department and Transportation & Capital Improvements Department.