Posted 243 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)
Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
City of San Antonio, CPS Energy Officially Unveil Student-Created Public Art at CPS Energy Substation
SAN ANTONIO (May 21, 2018)
–The City of San Antonio and CPS Energy announce the completion of the 2012 Bond District 1 Neighborhood Public Art Project, a collaboration between the District 1 City Council Office, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, and CPS Energy. This public art installation includes 16 artworks on a wall surrounding the CPS Energy Dresden Substation along Blanco Road and Dresden Drive.
CPS Energy initiated the project to design and install a wall surrounding the CPS Energy Dresden Substation with the goal of providing public safety. The District 1 Council Office encouraged a partnership with the Department of Arts & Culture to leverage the new construction as a public art opportunity to engage the neighborhood and educators, and improve the pedestrian experience through beautification.
“This project is another great example of what happens when organizations come together to improve our community and add vibrancy to our neighborhoods,” said District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño. “Installing public art pieces in neighborhoods, especially ones that turn an everyday wall into an outdoor art gallery, are important investments in our cultural identity. I thank and congratulate all our partners and the student artists on this project.”
The Department of Arts & Culture’s Public Art San Antonio (PASA) division commissioned San Antonio multidisciplinary studio French & Michigan to design, fabricate, and install the 16 permanent metal frames. PASA enlisted San Antonio-based arts non-profit Spare Parts to unite neighborhood art students of Nimitz Middle School, LEE High School, and the International School of the Americas to create artwork inspired by creative reuse and the theme of "change" using found objects. The artworks are visual time capsules that reflect “change” in our physical and social environment: water, nature, peace, and technology. Sixteen students from the middle school and high schools were selected to have their artworks displayed on the CPS Energy substation wall.
“It’s great to see our community come together and bring art and creativity to beautify the security of our infrastructure,” said Cris Eugster, Chief Operating Officer for CPS Energy.
PASA 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, CPS Energy, Spare Parts, French & Michigan, and North East ISD.
For more information on Public Art San Antonio, visit GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.