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Monumental public artwork unveiled as part of Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center expansion
SAN ANTONIO (January 26, 2016)
- The City of San Antonio today officially unveiled the newly-transformed Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, highlighting a $325 million expansion of the downtown facility. One of the highlights of today’s festivities was the public debut of the large-scale artwork “Liquid Crystal,” by Jason Bruges Studio of London. The monumental interactive piece is one of several new art installations that are part of the public art plan for the convention center, developed by the Department for Culture & Creative Development’s Public Art San Antonio (PASA) division.
“Liquid Crystal,” located in the new north entry atrium lobby of the convention center, draws inspiration from the San Antonio River and explores the parallels between the flow of the water and the flow of people in the city’s center. The artwork is a 30-foot-tall tower comprised of active digital LCD panels that are controlled to transmit and reflect light to varying degrees, creating an undulating, shimmering effect. Through sensing its environment, these effects are influenced by the amount of activity in the space, resulting in a continuously evolving visual spectacle within the atrium lobby.
Jason Bruges Studio has become internationally renowned for producing innovative installations. The studio comprises an experienced team of architects, artists, lighting designers, industrial designers, and specialists in electronics, programming and project management. This practice involves creating interactive spaces and surfaces that sit between the world of architecture, site specific installation art and interaction design. Jason Bruges is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer based in London, passionate about creating site-specific pieces that engage people with their environments.
“It is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to develop a new type of living-breathing LCD artwork that responds to the movement and dynamism of the people in the convention center, and its location in San Antonio,” said Jason Bruges. “The animations within this triangular faceted liquid crystal surface mirror the ebb and flow of visitors in and out of this new expansion to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The transparent and opaque undulations of the liquid crystal surface are intended to be reminiscent of the ever changing caustic surfaces of the Riverwalk, and the high tech mosaic builds upon the tradition of tiled mural artworks in the city.”
DCCD’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, partnership organizations and outside agencies.
To learn more about this and other Public Art San Antonio projects, visit www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com/publicart.