June 18, 2014 (San Antonio, TX)—As construction teams broke ground last week on Yanaguana Garden, the first phase of Hemisfair’s redevelopment, eight local artists continued working on concepts for a series of art installations on the site. “PLAY,” the common theme of the artworks, will incorporate the history and culture of San Antonio while maximizing the potential for multigenerational engagement, socializing, creativity, and fun. The team of eight artists led by artist Stuart Allen has been approved by the City of San Antonio’s Public Art Board, and include Justin Boyd, Alejandro Diaz, Joey Fauerso, Jennifer Khoshbin, Karen Mahaffy, Alex Rubio and Chris Sauter. The PLAY artwork is being implemented by Public Art San Antonio (PASA), a division of the City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture and Creative Development (DCCD), and will be paid for by the art component of the 2012-17 Bond Program.
“Each of the PLAY artists bring a unique skillset to the group, such as sound, sculpture, or mural painting, so that each of the installations are different and complementary across the four-acre site,” stated DCCD Director, Felix Padrón.
In addition to the PLAY project, MIG, the firm designing Yanaguana Garden, has also brought local artist Oscar Alvarado on board to create a functional seating sculpture that interprets the native Payaya legend of the Yanaguana. “The integration of local artists further enhances the authenticity of this project to San Antonio and celebrates the talents and identity of our community,” says Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation.
The vision for Yanaguana Garden is an active play and recreational environment for all ages and abilities that will attract residents and strengthen the local community. Thoughtful integration of art, culture, history, and sustainability will make this environment the new world standard for innovative play.