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Photo of mural on Villamain road under Loop 410

Public Art

Murals

The City is working in collaborative partnerships with local arts organizations to create a series of public art murals along the World Heritage Trail. The functional murals are to be placed in key areas along the route, in order to reinforce and enhance the visitor experience, while also providing an aesthetic vision that reflects the rich history and culture of the missions, people and neighborhoods within the area.

Stinson Airport Murals

Pioneers of the Sky celebrates the achievements of women in aviation with portraits of trail blazers Katherine and Marjorie Stinson, who, with their brother Eddie, opened the Stinson School of Flying in 1915. Katherine and Marjorie were stunt and endurance pilots, educators, and the first women to fly for the postal service and US Aviation Reserve Corps, respectively. Historical aircrafts illustrate what was used at the time, and the tremendous gains made in aeronautics. Young girls with eyes to the sky represent the continued and future inspirations and accomplishments of women in aviation.

The artist team was led by Andy and Yvette Benavides of SMART, and created by San Antonio artists Joe De La Cruz, Chris Montoya, and Jose Cosme, and painter Gary Gomez, with input from John Tosh and Sebastian St. Cloud from the Texas Air Museum.

“Where I End and You Begin”

Influenced by the cave-like setting of the underpass, existing bird habitat, and initial community input, the work explores nesting, migration, and connections between built and natural environments. Influenced by the cave-like setting of the underpass, existing bird habitat, and initial community input, the work explores nesting, migration, and connections between built and natural environments. San Antonio Cultural Arts consulted with the San Antonio River Authority, the East Pyron Symphony Lane Neighborhood Association, and bird specialists to develop the creative concept.

Using color to represent the natural landscape, ceramic to create the nests, and flat-stamp iconography influenced by re-conquest indigenous communities, Gonzales Martinez portrays the flora and fauna of the this historic area. The flat stamp imagery is influenced by pre-Conquest symbols and iconography used by indigenous communities throughout what is now called Mexico. The color palette also serves a very specific role in laying out the story line of the mural.

San Antonio artist Jason Eric Gonzales Martinez created this large-scale art piece.

Photo of artwork at the Mission Parkway underpass

Coahuiltecan Seasons

The four murals along Villamain Road at the Loop 410 Underpass pay tribute to the native plants and animals that have sustained generations, and the seasonal migrations of the Coahuiltecan bands and clans that populated this area for thousands of years.

Concept and art direction by Andy and Yvette Benavides of SMART, working with Ramon Vasquez of American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions.

Windows to Our Heritage

The pillars of the US 90 & Presa underpass share the story of Southside San Antonio through a colorful array of hand painted murals and mosaics. The series of vignettes features places and individuals deemed historically important to the surrounding community. Each column includes a brief description of the subject portrayed in the mural.

This project is a collaboration between David Blancas, a local muralist, and Oscar Alvarado, a local mosaicist. George Cisneros of Urban-15 assisted the two with gathering community feedback on the theme and completing research into the subjects featured in the art project.

Photo of underpass columns painted with scenes depicting the areas heritage