The Beacon

Created 6 years 3 days ago
by James LeFlore (Arts)

Tags: angel rodriguez-diaz
Categories: Infrastructure/Streets Neighborhood
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"The Beacon" by San Antonio artist Angel Rodríguez–Díaz is a 28 foot-tall illuminated sculpture serving as a "signifier" to identify the crossroad between Blanco Road and Fulton Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The artwork has a perforated design on all sides and is illuminated from within like a luminaria (Mexican tin lamp). The perforated design begins at the bottom with symbols of indigenous ancestral life cycles followed by references to the landscape. The design draws a physical and spiritual link between the neighborhood in which it is located and two prominent design styles of the area: Art Deco and the Arts and Crafts Movement. These styles are represented by a “sunburst” motif on the brick pavement of the roundabout and the obelisk-shaped sculpture. The “sunburst”, the most popular of all Art Deco motifs, metaphorically standing for a life giving force and the revitalization of the inner city business corridor. The “obelisk”, is a symbolic sun-ray, and serves as a sundial during the day. The artwork becomes a "beacon" for the neighborhood at night. 

"The Beacon" draws a physical and spiritual connection to the area.  The perforated design begins with ancestral symbols at the bottom followed with references to the landscape.  "The Beacon" references a luminaria, or Mexican tin lamp.