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New Sculpture by Local Artist Tops Off a Public Art “Play” Series at Hemisfair

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Drew Hicks, HPARC
Ruben McCoy, Department of Arts & Culture


New Sculpture by Local Artist Tops Off a Public Art “Play” Series at Hemisfair


SAN ANTONIO (February 27, 2018) – The unveiling of a new sculptural artwork is scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2018 in Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair. Commissioned by the City of San Antonio, the piece, called Reflect, is the work of local artist Stuart Allen. Reflect is the eighth and final public art installation of the series “Play” at Yanaguana Garden created by local artists, and led by Allen.  “Play” represents a collaboration between the City of San Antonio and the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) in a continuation of their commitment to bring beautiful public art to the redeveloping downtown district.

“Reflect” is sensitively integrated into the playground area of Yanaguana Garden, creating a canopy over the existing “boomerang” playground element.  The sculpture is a series of stainless steel ribbon forms suspended from a robust arched frame fabricated from bent steel tubing. Its organic shape harmonizes with the adjacent promenade’s shade structure design. 

The mirrored finish of the stainless-steel ribbons reflect and refract the surrounding landscape, buildings and, most importantly, the children and adults utilizing the playground. The arrangement of the sculpture creates a dappled shadow effect over the playground that changes with the movement of the sun.

“It’s playful, like a fun-house mirror,” says HPARC CEO Andres Andujar. “But when you step out from under the sculpture your breath is taken by the seriousness of the artwork. It’s beautiful!” Integration with existing park structures was a key consideration, as was continuing the theme of artwork at Hemisfair as functional as well as fun. Allen had previously implemented the “PLAY” series of interactive artworks for Yanaguana Garden, which were commissioned by Public Art San Antonio (PASA), a division of the City’s Department for Arts & Culture. To view photos and videos about the “PLAY” public art series visit

“This is a wonderful addition to the “Play” Series. Its size and design sparks creativity and ramps up the fun for the children who play here, and the visual aspects engage everyone’s imagination.  With this new sculpture to complete the series, visitors to Yanaguana Garden can experience the playfulness of art.  It’s also another great example of how Public Art San Antonio makes art accessible to all ages, and for the entire city to enjoy,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, Department of Arts & Culture.

“San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebrates on our rich history through several initiatives, such as arts and culture. In a symbolic way, this sculpture allows us to look into our future, which resides in the eyes and smiles of the city’s children. In a playful way, Reflect reminds us that we can look back at our history while we prepare a legacy of inspiration and creativity for the next 300 years,” said Carlos Contreras, Executive Director, Tricentennial Commission.

Reflect will be formally unveiled on Friday, March 2 at 4pm in Yanaguana Garden. The ceremony will include remarks from Allen, City leaders, PASA, and HPARC, along with refreshments from Hemisfair’s own Palateria San Antonio. The event is free and open to the public.



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