Posted 15 days ago ago by Stacey Norton (Arts)
In celebration of Fiesta San Antonio, the Department of Arts & Culture has released the Official City of San Antonio 2021 Fiesta Medal, which commemorates the latest public art installation of the Bloom sculpture series by San Antonio Artist Leticia Huerta.
Each year, the City of San Antonio features a piece of public art in the City’s collection as its “official” City of San Antonio Fiesta medal. Two versions of the medal were created to model each of the native flowers represented in the Bloom installation at the River Walk Public Art Garden located near the intersection of Market and Alamo Streets in downtown San Antonio, yellow Columbine and a purple and yellow Lantana. The medals will be available to San Antonians during for free during ten Fiesta Medal Giveaway events.
“As a city, we are returning to normal and truly flourishing, which makes the Bloom sculptures a perfect fit to be featured as the City of San Antonio’s Official Fiesta Medal,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “Enjoying public art is a way for people to connect and showcase San Antonio’s vibrant and diverse multicultural landscape, a concept very much in line with the spirit of Fiesta.”
“The Bloom series is part of a larger strategy to enhance local parks and greenways with public art to increase neighborhood connectivity and create a visual identity and wayfinding for the selected areas,” said Department of Arts & Culture Director Debbie Racca-Sittre. “When completed in Summer 2022, there will be a total of seven San Antonio parks in which 18 Bloom flowers can be found. This year’s Fiesta medal gives us another reason to celebrate the growth of the City of San Antonio’s public art collection.”
The Department of Arts & Culture will host Fiesta Medals Giveaways at public art locations throughout the city, one in every Council District so residents may visit an enjoy public art in all parts of the city. These limited-edition medals will be available on a first come, first serve basis on this schedule:
- Saturday, June 5, 2021 –Sebastian Sculptures at Mission Marquee Plaza starting at 6:30 p.m., Council District 3
- Friday, June 11, 2021 – River Walk Public Art Garden on Market Street starting at 6 p.m., Council District 1
- Saturday, June 12, 2021 – Open Hand, Open Mind, Open Heart at Pittman-Sullivan Park stating at 11 a.m., Council District 2
- Sunday, June 13, 2021 – Najo Jām at Comanche Lookout Park starting at 8:30 a.m., Council District 10
- Sunday, June 13, 2021 – Soccer Ball at Culebra Park starting at 9 a.m., Council District 6
- Monday, June 14, 2021 – Sotol Duet at Panther Springs Park starting at 3 p.m., Council District 9
- Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Midden Mound Wickiups at Pearsall Park, starting at 5 p.m., Council District 4
- Thursday, June 17, 2021 – Lightbox at the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park starting at 2:30 p.m., Council District 8
- Friday, June 18, 2021 – Spineway at Woodlawn Lake Park starting at noon, Council District 7
- Sunday, June 20, 2021 – Aguas Onduladas at Elmendorf Lake Park starting at 9 a.m., Council District 5
Following these Fiesta Medal Giveaway events, the medals will be available through the Department of Arts & Culture’s Donate to the Arts program. Any contributors donating $20 or more will be mailed one Official City of San Antonio 2021 Bloom Fiesta Medal, while supplies last.
For more information about the Bloom public art series or the Department of Arts & Culture’s Donate to the Arts Program, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/arts or @getcreativesa.
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