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Najo Jām (Our Home)

“Najo Jām” (Our Home) by collaborating San Antonio artists Carlos Cortés and Doroteo Garza is a public art installation at Comanche Lookout Park. The design is pan-Indian—relating to the multiple indigenous tribes that lay claim to this land. The artwork is made from reinforced concrete to look like stone and wood, a technique called “trabajo rustico” or “faux bois,” giving it a natural and organic form, along with contributing to its aged appearance as if they were placed together from the far-off past.

The title of the artwork is in the Coahuiltecan language Pajalate meaning “Our Home”. The name pays tribute to the ancestors of this land and future generations. The site will become a welcoming space inviting interaction and respite after a long hike through the Park. The artwork features many symbols related to Native American ceremony and religion.
To read more about the artwork’s symbolism visit here.

Currently one of the planters is being featured on display at the River Walk Public Art Garden as part of a rotating series of public art. The concrete planter will be on temporary display at River Walk before permanently moving to Comanche Lookout Park. This installation marks the first temporary districtwide connectivity piece to debut at the River Walk Public Art Garden. To learn more about the River Walk Public Art Garden visit here.


Monument featuring the blue deer and half moon at Comanche Lookout Park.  Center bench, tall tiled planter, and back of side bench at Comanche Lookout Park.  Center bench featuring the morning star drum tie and deer hoof prints at Comanche Lookout Park.  

Accession#: 2020.COR.1
Artist First Name: Carlos Cortes & Doroteo Garza
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More About Artist URL: https://www.studiocortes.com/
Related Site URL: https://www.sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/Parks-Facilities/All-Parks-Facilities/Parks-Facilities-Details/ArtMID/14820/ArticleID/2680/Comanche-Lookout-Park-/Park/45
Type: sculpture in the round
Media 1: concrete
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Completion Year: 2020
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Location Name: Comanche Lookout Park
Artwork Address: 15551 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX
Zip Code: 78247
Point X: -98.367688
Point Y: 29.583664
Additional Directions: Located at the top of the Hill at the overlook facing Nacogdoches.
Council District: 10
Map Point Color: Green




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15551 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX

Additional Directions: Comanche Lookout Park
Located at the top of the Hill at the overlook facing Nacogdoches.

Najo Jām (Our Home)

Artist: Carlos Cortes & Doroteo Garza Category: categoryParks
Details: sculpture in the round, concrete
Date completed: 2020
Description:

“Najo Jām” (Our Home) by collaborating San Antonio artists Carlos Cortés and Doroteo Garza is a public art installation at Comanche Lookout Park. The design is pan-Indian—relating to the multiple indigenous tribes that lay claim to this land. The artwork is made from reinforced concrete to look like stone and wood, a technique called “trabajo rustico” or “faux bois,” giving it a natural and organic form, along with contributing to its aged appearance as if they were placed together from the far-off past.

The title of the artwork is in the Coahuiltecan language Pajalate meaning “Our Home”. The name pays tribute to the ancestors of this land and future generations. The site will become a welcoming space inviting interaction and respite after a long hike through the Park. The artwork features many symbols related to Native American ceremony and religion.
To read more about the artwork’s symbolism visit here.

Currently one of the planters is being featured on display at the River Walk Public Art Garden as part of a rotating series of public art. The concrete planter will be on temporary display at River Walk before permanently moving to Comanche Lookout Park. This installation marks the first temporary districtwide connectivity piece to debut at the River Walk Public Art Garden. To learn more about the River Walk Public Art Garden visit here.



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