May 10, 2021

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San Antonio River Wander blooms with vivid new art set up

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There is no beating about the bush: Downtown San Antonio is in bloom with large indigenous wildflowers.

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Metropolis of San Antonio’s Section of Arts & Society and its General public Artwork Division have unveiled the hottest parts in the “Bloom” sculpture collection created by nearby artist Leticia Huerta: two performs intended to resemble yellow columbine and lantana wildflowers.

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Planted at the River Wander Public Artwork Backyard garden downtown, the new installation is the next in a series of seven prepared “Bloom” installations to be extra in the course of San Antonio by summer 2022. The first “Bloom” set up is found at the entrance of the Mud Creek Path at McAllister Park.

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The community art venture — meant to help educate locals about the many public art installations in the course of the town and really encourage guests to check out artwork at the area’s parks, greenways, and trails — is a collaboration in between Huerta and neighborhood fabrication organization Wanderlust Ironworks. The two new outsized steel flowers have been influenced by regional wildflowers and on close inspection, resemble anything akin to large bicycle components, and that is intentional. Irrespective of how the functions could be perceived, they are really mesmerizing.

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“These sculptures integrate things that resemble bicycle areas to reflect San Antonio’s many hike-and-bicycle trails,” Huerta states. “Bicycle sections also have a similarity to flower anatomy, so I use them to describe the native flowers of San Antonio that are noticed together the trails. I am extremely proud of this undertaking simply because it is my first time building significant-scale, absolutely free-standing sculptures as a community art undertaking, so this artwork was a massive leap for me.”

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Added “Bloom” sequence installations in San Antonio include these at:

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    Apache Creek at Brazos Pocket Park, unveiling this spring
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    Salado Creek at Eisenhower Park, unveiling this spring
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    Salado Creek at Southside Lions Park, unveiling this fall
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    Alazan Creek at Farias Park, unveiling in spring 2022
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    Leon Creek at Tezel Road Facility, unveiling in summer 2022

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“The ‘Bloom’ series is a great instance of how community artwork expands the viewer’s head in both of those inventive and educational techniques although also serving a actual goal,” claims Debbie Racca-Sittre, the executive director of San Antonio’s Section of Arts & Culture. “‘Bloom’ serves as trailhead connectors and wayfinding markers and even a scientific objective on the greenway and park installations, with silver rings on the flower stems to show various drinking water degrees when San Antonio gets rain.”

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