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Downtown San Antonio “Blooms” with the Department of Arts & Culture’s Latest Botanical-Inspired Public Art Series

Posted 23 days ago ago by Stacey Norton (Arts)

SAN ANTONIO (April 14, 2021) – The latest in the “Bloom” sculpture series by San Antonio Artist Leticia Huerta has been “planted” at the River Walk Public Art Garden near the intersection of Market and Alamo Streets in downtown San Antonio. The City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture and its Public Art Division today revealed the two new sculptures by San Antonio Artist Leticia Huerta, which are designed to resemble native wildflowers Yellow Columbine and Lantana. 

The “Bloom” installation at the River Walk Public Art Garden adds to the Garden’s mission to educate River Walk visitors that public art can be found throughout San Antonio. Many installations at the Garden replicate public artworks in other areas of the city, encouraging viewers to venture outside of downtown to explore art in parks, on greenways and trails, and other locations. 

The River Walk installation is the second installation in a series of seven, with the first located at the entrance of the Mud Creek Trail at McAllister Park. The project is a collaboration between Huerta and San Antonio based fabricators Wanderlust Ironworks. The radiant, oversized metal flowers are part of a collection created from elements that, up close, resemble larger-than-life bicycle parts. Each installation takes inspiration from its location and the native wildflowers nearby. 

“These sculptures incorporate elements that resemble bicycle parts to reflect San Antonio’s numerous hike and bike trails,” said Huerta. “"Bicycle parts also have a similarity to flower anatomy, so I use them to describe the native flowers of San Antonio, that are seen along the trails. I am very proud of this project because it is my first time creating large-scale, free-standing sculptures as a public art project, so this artwork was a huge leap for me.”

The Department of Arts & Culture partners closely with the City of San Antonio’s Parks & Recreation Department to enhance local parks and greenways with public art to increase neighborhood connectivity and create a visual identity and wayfinding for the selected areas. When completed in Summer 2022, there will be a total of seven San Antonio parks in which 18 “Bloom” flowers can be found. 

Upcoming “Bloom” installation locations and dates include: 
Apache Creek at Brazos Pocket Park - Spring 2021
Salado Creek at Eisenhower Park - Spring 2021
Salado Creek at Southside Lions Park - Fall 2021
Alazan Creek at Farias Park - Spring 2022
Leon Creek at Tezel Road Facility - Summer 2022

“The ’Bloom’ series is a perfect example of how public art expands the viewer’s mind in both artistic and educational ways, while also serving a real purpose,” said Department of Arts & Culture Executive Director Debbie Racca-Sittre. “‘Bloom’ serves as trailhead connectors and wayfinding markers and even a scientific purpose on the greenway and park installations with silver rings on the flower stems to indicate various water levels when San Antonio receives rain.” 

For more information about the “Bloom” series, the River Walk Public Art Garden, and the Department of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Program, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/arts. 

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