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The Beacon

"The Beacon" by San Antonio artist Angel Rodríguez–Díaz is a 28 foot-tall illuminated sculpture serving as a "signifier" to identify the crossroad between Blanco Road and Fulton Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The artwork has a perforated design on all sides and is illuminated from within like a luminaria (Mexican tin lamp). The perforated design begins at the bottom with symbols of indigenous ancestral life cycles followed by references to the landscape. The design draws a physical and spiritual link between the neighborhood in which it is located and two prominent design styles of the area: Art Deco and the Arts and Crafts Movement. These styles are represented by a “sunburst” motif on the brick pavement of the roundabout and the obelisk-shaped sculpture. The “sunburst”, the most popular of all Art Deco motifs, metaphorically standing for a life giving force and the revitalization of the inner city business corridor. The “obelisk”, is a symbolic sun-ray, and serves as a sundial during the day. The artwork becomes a "beacon" for the neighborhood at night. 


"The Beacon" draws a physical and spiritual connection to the area.  The perforated design begins with ancestral symbols at the bottom followed with references to the landscape.  "The Beacon" references a luminaria, or Mexican tin lamp. 

Accession#: 2008.ROD.1
Artist First Name: Angel
Artist Last Name: Rodríguez–Díaz
More About Artist URL: http://angeldiazarte.com/
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Type: sculpture (visual work)
Media 1: steel-Corten
Media 2: lighting device components
Dimensions: 28' h
Completion Year: 2008
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Location Name: Fulton and Blanco Roundabout
Artwork Address: 1700 Blanco Rd
Zip Code: 78212
Point X: -98.5078870279999
Point Y: 29.4615461540001
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Council District: 1
Map Point Color: Peach




Location


1700 Blanco Rd

Additional Directions: Fulton and Blanco Roundabout

The Beacon

Artist: Angel Rodríguez–Díaz
Category: categoryInfrastructure/Streets categoryNeighborhood
Details: sculpture (visual work), steel-Corten, lighting device components
Dimensions: 28' h
Date completed: 2008
Description:

"The Beacon" by San Antonio artist Angel Rodríguez–Díaz is a 28 foot-tall illuminated sculpture serving as a "signifier" to identify the crossroad between Blanco Road and Fulton Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The artwork has a perforated design on all sides and is illuminated from within like a luminaria (Mexican tin lamp). The perforated design begins at the bottom with symbols of indigenous ancestral life cycles followed by references to the landscape. The design draws a physical and spiritual link between the neighborhood in which it is located and two prominent design styles of the area: Art Deco and the Arts and Crafts Movement. These styles are represented by a “sunburst” motif on the brick pavement of the roundabout and the obelisk-shaped sculpture. The “sunburst”, the most popular of all Art Deco motifs, metaphorically standing for a life giving force and the revitalization of the inner city business corridor. The “obelisk”, is a symbolic sun-ray, and serves as a sundial during the day. The artwork becomes a "beacon" for the neighborhood at night. 



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