Posted 32 days ago ago by Stacey Norton (Arts)
SAN ANTONIO (April 12, 2021) – The City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, in partnership with the San Antonio International Airport, today unveiled the newest addition to the City of San Antonio’s Public Art Collection – “Star of Texas (La Estrella de Texas)” by the renowned Mexican artist Sebastian.
Installed on the southside of the airport’s entrance on Airport Blvd., the “Star of Texas” stands at a total of 17-feet and is painted Sebastian’s signature fiery red. The structure consists of five vertical steel components which appear to support each other’s weight, imploring viewers to see themselves as part of a greater whole. Negative space at the top of the sculpture creates the shape of a star when viewed from two vantage points, symbolizing San Antonio as a lone star city with characteristics unique among cities.
“Public Art is a significant part of who we are, representing where we’ve been, where we are, and where we hope to go as a community,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “The ‘Star of Texas’ speaks to the long-lasting impression San Antonio leaves on visitors and residents alike. Whether visiting San Antonio for the first time or the 100th, or a resident leaving the airport for a vacation, we all know the feeling that keeps us longing for a fast return to this great city.”
When designing the “Star of Texas”, Sebastian considered Texas’ reputation as the “Lone Star State,” with San Antonio a city that shines in a constellation of the greater good that brings us all together. A theme throughout the artist’s work in San Antonio, which includes the iconic “Torch of Friendship” and “Door of Equality” in downtown, the “Star of Texas” represents San Antonio’s commitment to equity and reputation for warmth, hospitality, and friendliness.
“San Antonio’s Public Art reflects our values and personality as a community and also promotes well-being, with so many of the pieces in our collection conveying uplifting and hopeful messages,” said District 9 Councilman John Courage. “I am proud to welcome this artwork by Sebastian to our district and hope that airport visitors take a moment to slow down to view this incredible piece.”
As one of the most prominent artists from Mexico, Sebastian’s artwork can be found all around the world including Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, and much more.
“As the world’s gateway to San Antonio, San Antonio International Airport is proud to host one of Maestro Sebastian’s iconic sculptures,” said Jesus H. Saenz, Jr., IAP, Director of Airports, San Antonio Airport System. “The ‘Star of Texas’ will be a beloved landmark for travelers and residents alike for many years to come."
In October 2019, the Department of Arts & Culture worked with the artist to host a retrospective of his work throughout all Council Districts in San Antonio. “Sebastian in San Antonio: 50+ Years / 20+ Sites / 100+ Works,” culminated with the artist’s gift of the “Door of Equality” sculpture at downtown’s San Pedro Roundabout and prompted the “Star of Texas” installation at the airport.
“Not only does the ‘Star of Texas’ serve as a wayfinding piece, much like Sebastian’s other works in San Antonio, it is also another representation of the world-class arts and culture found throughout our city,” said Department of Arts & Culture Executive Director Debbie Racca-Sittre. “We welcome all to enjoy the ‘Star of Texas’ and our more than 600 Public Art installations across the city.”
For more information about the “Star of Texas” and the Department of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Program, visit www.SanAntonio.gov/arts. To learn more about the San Antonio International Airport, visit www.flysanantonio.com.
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