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Department of Arts & Culture Announces Commemorative Catalog and New Monumental Sculpture for “Sebastian in San Antonio” Exhibit

Posted 64 days ago ago by Carol Schliesinger (Arts)

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 22, 2020) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture today unveiled the official catalog for the “Sebastian in San Antonio: 50+ Years / 20+ Sites / 100+ Works” exhibition as well as plans for a new monumental sculpture to be gifted to San Antonio.

The 92-page, hard-bound catalog chronicles many of the exhibit’s artworks and highlights each of the 20+ locations that partnered in the exhibit. The catalog will be provided to the public on a first come, first serve basis at a reception on Jan. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Culture Commons Gallery, 115 Plaza de Armas.

In addition to the catalog, the reception celebrates the latest gateway sculpture by Sebastian, which will join the City of San Antonio’s permanent public art collection in the summer of 2020. “Door of Equality (La Puerta de Igualdad)”, a monumental 30-foot sculpture, is a gift to the City of San Antonio from Fundación Sebastian and Siempre México to commemorate the rich civil and human rights history of San Antonio.

The “Door of Equality” will be located at the center of the San Pedro roundabout, a block north of San Antonio Central Library, itself an award-winning post-modern architectural building designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta. The sculpture symbolizes the infinite struggle for justice with two 30-foot, royal blue, tightly wound, geometric pillars that stand side by side. The sculpture will be lit from within, marking the first time the artist incorporates light into his work and giving off a perpetual glow that speaks to the fire and energy surrounding the City’s tenacious history. Set as a gateway between downtown and other areas of the City, the sculpture symbolizes that San Antonio’s door is always open.

“This new welcoming landmark stands for the promise of opportunity that shall never cease to remain open in San Antonio,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, director, Department of Arts & Culture. “The Door of Equality not only represents our City’s commitment to equity and inclusion, but also in ensuring that art is accessible to all.”

The torqued twisted steel columns showcase the grind of the work done by human rights champions in San Antonio. These pillars are equal in strength and beauty representing the vision of equality. Each column is royal blue, with the first representing peace, tranquility and wisdom and the second column standing for loyalty, strength, and trust.

“With the current climate we are living in, one where walls are being proposed, I wanted to create a work that speaks to the importance of keeping doors open and being vigilant about true equality,” said Sebastian.

The “Sebastian in San Antonio” exhibit runs until May 2020. Since the “Door of Equality” will be installed in the summer of 2020, it will not be featured in the catalog. To learn more about the “Sebastian in San Antonio” exhibit, visit www.sanantonio.gov/sebastian.

 

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