June 30, 2016

20 Public Art Pieces to Visit in San Antonio

Great art isn't hard to find in San Antonio; in fact, there's probably some great public pieces in your own neighborhood. If stuffy museums aren't your thing but you're looking to see something cool, check out these public art pieces that are definitely worth a visit.
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Open Hand, Open Mind, Open Heart
1101 Iowa Street
Artist: Douglas Kornfelt, 2015
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence, this spectacular, 32-foot tall sculpture in Sullivan Park faces San Antonio’s downtown skyline. 
Facebook/Public Art San Antonio
Open Hand, Open Mind, Open Heart
1101 Iowa Street
Artist: Douglas Kornfelt, 2015

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence, this spectacular, 32-foot tall sculpture in Sullivan Park faces San Antonio’s downtown skyline.

Facebook/Public Art San Antonio

The Beacon
1700 Blanco Road
Artist: Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, 2008
This 28 ft. tall aluminum sculpture lights up at night similar to a luminaria, serving as a beacon at the intersection of Blanco Road and Fulton Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Facebook/Public Art San Antonio
The Beacon
1700 Blanco Road
Artist: Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, 2008

This 28 ft. tall aluminum sculpture lights up at night similar to a luminaria, serving as a beacon at the intersection of Blanco Road and Fulton Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Facebook/Public Art San Antonio

Trains
Hays Street Bridge
Artist: Riley Robinson, 2010
The Hays Street Bridge is famous for its great views of the city, but details like the silhouettes of trains along the railings are often overlooked. Paying homage to the trains that used to run under the bridge, Trains is a unique piece of art in a cool place.
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Trains
Hays Street Bridge
Artist: Riley Robinson, 2010

The Hays Street Bridge is famous for its great views of the city, but details like the silhouettes of trains along the railings are often overlooked. Paying homage to the trains that used to run under the bridge, Trains is a unique piece of art in a cool place.

Wordpress/urbanspotlight

'Beauty … it rubs against one’s tongue / it hangs there hurting one / insisting on its own existence / 
finally it gets so one cannot stand the pain / then one must have beauty extracted.'
111 Camp Street
Artist: Daniel Joseph Martinez, 2008
On the back of the SPACE gallery is a massive mural-sized text painting by Daniel Joseph Martinez, a meditation on beauty. The piece is viewable at all hours of day.
Instagram/lindapacefoundation
'Beauty … it rubs against one’s tongue / it hangs there hurting one / insisting on its own existence / finally it gets so one cannot stand the pain / then one must have beauty extracted.'
111 Camp Street
Artist: Daniel Joseph Martinez, 2008

On the back of the SPACE gallery is a massive mural-sized text painting by Daniel Joseph Martinez, a meditation on beauty. The piece is viewable at all hours of day.

Instagram/lindapacefoundation

La Veladora of Our Lady of Guadalupe
1315 Guadalupe St.
Artist: Jesse Trevino, 2006
This spectacular mural features a 3D votive candle (veladora) with an eternal flame facing Guadalupe Street. Intended to serve as a beacon for the neighborhood, this mixed media mural is truly magnificent. 
Yelp/Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
La Veladora of Our Lady of Guadalupe
1315 Guadalupe St.
Artist: Jesse Trevino, 2006

This spectacular mural features a 3D votive candle (veladora) with an eternal flame facing Guadalupe Street. Intended to serve as a beacon for the neighborhood, this mixed media mural is truly magnificent.

Yelp/Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Millrace Bridge
Millrace Road--Brackenridge Park
Artist: Diana Kersey, 2011
Bridges seem to be the perfect place for art in San Antonio and the Millrace Bridge is not an exception. Twenty-four ceramic panels are integrated into the sides of the bridge featuring historical images specific to the park itself.
Facebook/Kersey Ceramics
Millrace Bridge
Millrace Road--Brackenridge Park
Artist: Diana Kersey, 2011

Bridges seem to be the perfect place for art in San Antonio and the Millrace Bridge is not an exception. Twenty-four ceramic panels are integrated into the sides of the bridge featuring historical images specific to the park itself.

Facebook/Kersey Ceramics

Puente de Rippling Shadows
528-552 Brooklyn Ave
Artist: Rolando Briseño, 2012
This steel sculpture adorns the Brooklyn Avenue Bridge downtown and is highlighted with vibrant aqua metal sheets to evoke the feeling of water rippling.
Flickr/kenerfurth
Puente de Rippling Shadows
528-552 Brooklyn Ave
Artist: Rolando Briseño, 2012

This steel sculpture adorns the Brooklyn Avenue Bridge downtown and is highlighted with vibrant aqua metal sheets to evoke the feeling of water rippling.

Flickr/kenerfurth

Spineway
1401 Cincinnati Avenue
Artist: Marc Fornes, 2015
Woodlawn Lake Park features one of the most interesting pieces of public art in the form of a huge blue-green aluminum structure at the corner of Cincinnatti Avenue and Josephine Tobin Drive. Reflecting the movement of people, this piece serves as a gateway between communities. 
Twitter/texasbyair
Spineway
1401 Cincinnati Avenue
Artist: Marc Fornes, 2015

Woodlawn Lake Park features one of the most interesting pieces of public art in the form of a huge blue-green aluminum structure at the corner of Cincinnatti Avenue and Josephine Tobin Drive. Reflecting the movement of people, this piece serves as a gateway between communities.

Twitter/texasbyair

29° 25' 57" N and 98° 29' 13" W
544 McCullough
Artist: Stuart Allen, 2009
These incredible steel hangings catch the eyes of all who pass by this piece along the Riverwalk. Colored steel wire shifts and morphs with color as visitors walk by. 
Facebook/SARiverFoundation
29° 25' 57" N and 98° 29' 13" W
544 McCullough Artist: Stuart Allen, 2009

These incredible steel hangings catch the eyes of all who pass by this piece along the Riverwalk. Colored steel wire shifts and morphs with color as visitors walk by.

Facebook/SARiverFoundation

Adam
At the corner of W. Commerce and N. Main
Artist: Arturo Herrera, 2013
Directly adjacent to Main Plaza, Adam is a 3,500-square foot public artwork sponsored by the Linda Pace Foundation. The red color is supposed to inspire dynamism and human movement, and the piece will be on display until the end of the year.
Instagram/keith_diarmit
Adam
At the corner of W. Commerce and N. Main
Artist: Arturo Herrera, 2013

Directly adjacent to Main Plaza, Adam is a 3,500-square foot public artwork sponsored by the Linda Pace Foundation. The red color is supposed to inspire dynamism and human movement, and the piece will be on display until the end of the year.

Instagram/keith_diarmit