A brand new sculpture unveiled on the San Antonio Worldwide Airport has a starring function in representing town as a welcoming and wealthy cultural hub.
Star of Texas (La Estrella de Texas), the most recent San Antonio sculpture from famend Mexican artist Sebastian, was revealed on the airport Monday, April 12. The newly devoted piece is a part of the Metropolis of San Antonio’s public artwork assortment and the most recent addition to the citywide retrospective exhibit of Sebastian’s work, “Sebastian in San Antonio: 50+ Years/20+ Websites/100+ Works.”
Positioned on the south aspect of the airport’s Airport Boulevard entrance, the 17-foot-tall construction — in Sebastian’s signature fiery crimson — options 5 vertical metal elements that seem to assist one another’s weight. On the prime of the sculpture, adverse house creates the form of a star.
Like a lot of Sebastian’s artwork, Star of Texas evokes hope and greater than an air of symbolism, representing the connectivity San Antonio has with the remainder of the world and honoring Texas’ recognition because the Lone Star State.
“Symbolically, San Antonio is each a lone star in its dedication to fairness and a star in a constellation of the higher good that brings us all collectively, representing our shared humanity,” notes a launch from the Metropolis of San Antonio’s Division of Arts & Tradition.
“Public artwork is a big a part of who we’re, representing the place we’ve been, the place we’re, and the place we hope to go as a neighborhood,” says San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “The Star of Texas speaks to the long-lasting impression San Antonio leaves on guests and residents alike. Whether or not visiting San Antonio for the primary time or the a centesimal, or a resident leaving the airport for a trip, everyone knows the sensation that retains us longing for a quick return to this nice metropolis.”
Sebastian, a prolific artist whose sculptures have been put in in cities all through the world, from Europe to South America, North America, and Japan, started working with San Antonio reps within the fall of 2019 to host a retrospective of his work.
In October 2020, town unveiled Sebastian’s Door of Equality (La Puerta de Igualdad) close to the San Antonio Central Library, a 33-foot sculpture emblazoned with the phrase “equality” and symbolizing the concepts of peace, tranquility, knowledge, loyalty, power, and belief.
Moreover, Sebastian’s La Antorcha de la Amistad (The Torch of Friendship), the unmistakable 63-foot bright-red sculpture situated in downtown San Antonio, acts as a welcoming beacon for guests and a reminder of San Antonio’s friendliness.
“Because the world’s gateway to San Antonio, San Antonio Worldwide Airport is proud to host one among maestro Sebastian’s iconic sculptures,” says Jesus H. Saenz, Jr., director of airports for the San Antonio Airport System. “The Star of Texas might be a beloved landmark for vacationers and residents alike for a few years to come back.”