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20
2015

City Officially Unveils First Outdoor Public Art Installation in the United States by Artist Marc Fornes at Woodlawn Lake Park

Posted 4 years 221 days ago ago by Javier Flores (WHO)

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Contact: Javier A. Flores, Department for Culture & Creative Development
210-207-6960, javier.flores@sanantonio.gov

City Officially Unveils First Outdoor Public Art Installation in the United States by Artist Marc Fornes at Woodlawn Lake Park

SAN ANTONIO (October 20, 2015) – The City of San Antonio today announced the completion of a 2012 Bond Public Art project at Woodlawn Lake Park. District 7 Councilman Cris Medina, representatives from the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD), artist Marc Fornes and City and community members gathered at the site of the installation for a dedication ceremony to officially unveil the large-scale outdoor sculpture. 

“Woodlawn Lake Park is one of the many gems, not just for District 7, but for the entire city,” said Councilman Medina. “Public art enriches the quality of life of the community and adds vitality to our neighborhoods. This new sculpture by Marc Fornes will certainly do that and I am excited that it is now a fixture at Woodlawn Lake Park.”

“Spineway” is the first outdoor public art installation in the United States by Fornes, a French-born and New York-based artist who was commissioned by the City of San Antonio to create an iconic public artwork that connects Woodlawn Lake Park to nearby St. Mary’s University and the Cincinnati Avenue corridor. The result is an illuminated sculpture that stands approximately 20 feet high and is approximately 70 feet wide. The artwork consists of 22 colors, 986 pieces, and was assembled with 20,000 rivets.  

“Marc Fornes is a dynamic and well-respected artist known throughout the world, and we are honored that San Antonio is the home of Marc’s first outdoor public art installation in the country,” said Felix N. Padrón, director of the City’s Department for Culture & Creative Development. “His sculpture adds a new dynamic to Woodlawn Lake Park, while integrating the surroundings and maintaining the character of the park.”

Additional site improvements as part of this Bond project include: parking, ADA access ramps, electrical service and curbs. The project is a collaboration between City Council District 7, the Department for Culture & Creative Development, Transportation & Capital Improvements, the Department of Planning & Community Development and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Public Art San Antonio 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, partnership organizations and outside agencies. 

For more information on the City’s public art program, including a public artworks map, visit GetCreativeSanAntonio.com. 

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