In addition to active public art projects that are part of the City of San Antonio’s bond program, there are non-bond funded capital improvements that are eligible for public art appropriations depending on the budget size and the specific scope of work. Currently there are two large-scale capital improvement projects that are active and have public art components integrated into their future plans. Both are important facilities for the city’s visitor industry, as well as in serving to visually brand San Antonio as a city on the rise.
The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is undergoing expansion that will relocate much of the existing center’s footprint to the east, closer to IH37 highway. The expansion will create an amazing new architectural impact to downtown with its north entrance facing Market Street and entranceway from the west bank of the River Walk. A multi-million dollar art program is being coordinated between the design-build firm of Hunt|Zachry and the City of San Antonio through the TCI department and The Department of Arts & Culture/PASA. Artworks already being planned include a sculpture at the north entrance lobby, an artwork that is featured along the east façade facing IH37, restoration and relocation of Hemisfair era murals, and new artworks acquired for the interiors.
San Antonio International Airport continues to transform into a contemporary gateway for locals and visitors traveling to and from the city. Recent renovations in Terminal A are aligning the architectural appearance of the facility’s newer Terminal B, and more renovations are continuing to be planned. A new car rental facility is being designed to be built directly in front of the airport terminals that may include a new skybridge over the arrivals roadway. All the improvements will contribute to public art allocations that will be utilized throughout the campus and provide the vibrant artistic and cultural spark that people look for when arriving in San Antonio.