River Walk Art
The River Walk will always draw visitors, but the downtown San Antonio attraction holds even more appeal as a cultural destination thanks to the opening of a new public art garden. The project took five years of planning, development, and fabrication, but the result was worth the wait, with nine installations from local and international artists certain to inspire for years to come.
Located at the intersection of Market Street and Alamo Street, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture announced the official completion of the multi-year project on Tuesday, October 11.
“The River Walk Public Art Garden is a symbol of connection and creative expression by artists local to San Antonio and international artists who support making our city a global public art destination,” said Department of Arts & Culture Executive Director Krystal Jones in a release. “We are thrilled to create a path for the public to enjoy these treasures. The diverse thoughtful intention behind each artwork is what brings this garden together.”
The nine installations showcase works from 12 artists hailing from San Antonio and beyond, creating an open-air oasis for River Walk pedestrians. Engaging visitors with inspirational colors and creative expression, the immersive experience is a welcome addition to the River Walk's 15-mile network of paths connecting hotels, shops, restaurants, and more.
“The new public art garden offers visitors an immersive cultural experience in the heart of downtown at the San Antonio River Walk – one of Texas’ top visited attractions,” said Visit San Antonio President & CEO Marc Anderson in the release. “When we curate experiences like the public art garden, travelers from the world over are captivated further by the beauty, history and culture of our city.”
While not an exhaustive guide to each piece, a few featured artworks include:
- “Welcome to the River Walk Public Art Garden Sign” – Created using found objects, this welcome sign by San Antonio artist Gary Sweeny invites visitors to explore the area.
- “Spheres of Reflection”– This captivating sculpture by San Antonio artist Kaldric Dow pays homage to the representation of African American culture. The reflective spheres are symbolic of hair and feature several key words commonly used by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his speeches and writings.
- "Nudo Torusado" by Mexican artist Sebastian is a sculptural representation of a torus knot.
- “Green Spaces at Market Street” – Created by San Antonio artists Ashley Mireles and Cade Bradshaw, this green hued, painted steel railing overlooks the River Walk and was designed with creative cut outs that feature flora found on the River Walk and fauna native to San Antonio,
- “Stargazer (Citlali)”– Designed by internationally renowned Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, this monumental sculpture features a seated woman holding and gazing upon a star-like object held between her fingertips. “Stargazer (Citlali)” is made of volcanic rock and ascends over visitors as they make their way along the meandering banks of the River Walk and through the Garden.