Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Public Art Murals at San Antonio Airport Pay Tribute to City's Culture, Aviation History

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM

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A blue eagle plane creature flying across the sky is what visitors arriving at San Antonio International Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) will see.

In commemoration of the city’s tricentennial and contributions to aviation history, Public Art San Antonio commissioned interior and exterior murals by San Antonio artists Susy González & Michael Menchaca for the "¡Adelante San Antonio!" public art project
, according to a press release.

"From the early Yanaguana inhabitants to modern-day aviation, this public art piece by San Antonio artist Suzy González and Michael Menchaca showcases how our city has transformed over the past 300 years, and reminds residents and visitors of our rich traditions and notable contributions," said Debbie Racca-Sittre, City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture Director.

The mural designs printed on architectural grade fabric panels can be found inside the Customer Service Bay spanning over 240 linear feet over the rental car counters.

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Outside, murals depicting a hybrid eagle and place stand 35 feet high and 88 feet wide. The golden eagle, which is indigenous to the area, is known for its speed and agility.

The artists consulted with local historians and content experts from the Witte Museum and UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures in choosing their images.

To fully appreciate the historical and cultural significance of the images highlighting the city’s contribution to architecture, aviation and culture, an interactive touchscreen kiosk has been installed to give viewers background information.

In aviation history, the city is home to the second oldest airport in the country and has played a major role in the development of military aviation, according to the Texas Air Museum website.

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