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Department of Arts and Culture Dedicates Phase I of New River Walk Public Art Garden

Posted 1 years 101 days ago ago by Carol Schliesinger (SAMHD)

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 6, 2019)The Department of Arts and Culture is inaugurating a new visionary art space for the public in downtown San Antonio. The River Walk Public Art Garden will function as an outdoor museum, highlighting permanent and rotating installations for visitors and residents to enjoy. The entire project, scheduled to be completed in 2021, utilizes previously overlooked space in the heart of downtown and creates opportunities for artists to realize community-inspired projects. 

“In the next few years this space will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery that people can visit and find incredible art from San Antonio Artists as well as International Artists like Sebastian,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, Department of Arts & Culture. “This project will connect both residents and visitors to San Antonio’s world class art scene right on the River Walk!”

The development of the River Walk Public Art Garden is designed to provide a public art experience, including free-standing sculptures, wall-mounted mural installations, and informational displays. Visitors to the site will also be made aware of the greater San Antonio area as some of the temporary art pieces will move from the River Walk Public Art Garden to their permanent homes in locations in other City Council Districts.

Permanent artworks on display include mosaic murals created by renowned Mexican artists Juan O' Gorman and Carlos Merida for the 1968 World's Fair and Sebastian's iconic monumental sculpture Antorcha de Amistad (Torch of Friendship), which marks the entry point for the garden at the traffic circle where Commerce, Alamo, and Losoya Streets converge.

The River Walk Public Art Garden is accessible via sidewalk entrances off Commerce and Market Streets and from the River Walk. Phase I of the project comprises a portion of the street level garden on Market Street. Currently on view is Sebastian in San Antonio: 50+Years 20+ Locations 100+ Works. Phase II is set to begin in 2020.

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