Windows to Our Heritage: Presa Street
Oscar Alvarado and David Blancas
murals (any medium), paint, mixed media
More About the Artist
"Windows to Our Heritage" by San Antonio artist team Oscar Alvarado and David Blancas is an underpass mural series. The series features unique mosaic patterns and vignettes of significant people and places from the surrounding neighborhood. Each column is captioned with information about the community, history, and values depicted. The images range from indigenous tribes and clans, to Spanish colonialism and the Missions, ending with more recent histories. The people and places are familiar showcasing the unique history and heritage of the area. The artwork spans several sites: Steves Avenue, Mission Road, Roosevelt Avenue, and South Presa Street- with each location featuring a different color palette and unique imagery. George Cisneros of URBAN-15 helped to research and gather input from the community for this project. The project aims to improve the pedestrian experience of uninviting infrastructure, transforming the columns into an inspiring public art gallery."Windows to Our Heritage" is part of a series of murals for the World Heritage Mural Trail. This series is located in San Antonio's World Heritage Corridor and is a collaboration with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture and the World Heritage Office.