By Don Mathis, The Rivard Report
Improvements along the San Pedro Creek will tell a story. The story will combine history, culture, and nature. And, according to project officials, artists will be the ones telling the story.
Steve Tillotson, Muñoz & Company principal architect and one of the design team consultants, spoke of the story-telling aspect during the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project Subcommittee meeting Thursday morning.
An art subcommittee will be selected to curate the artists and arts that will install work at 14 different sites along the more than two-mile, $175 million project – $2 million of which has been set aside for public art.
The San Pedro Creek Improvements Project will transform a long-ignored ditch into a linear urban park while advancing flood mitigation, revitalizing ecology, and sparking cultural and economic development along its path.
Artists will enhance the history of the valley and provide thought provoking processes. But the details for artist and art selection are not set in stone.
“The art committee is not yet selected,” Steve Tillotson, Munoz & Company architect explained. “It will be comprised of five or six local folks with credible experience. A group will search to compile a list of artists. … San Pedro Creek will have work by local, regional, and international artists. It will be a panorama of life and culture.”
The designation of San Antonio’s four Spanish colonial Missions and the Alamo as a World Heritage Site only adds to the necessity of world-class artwork along the stream. Though the designs will be created by different artists, there will be a sense of continuity.
“Railings and abutments will be of the same kind of material,” Tillotson said, “but the designs will be different. And just because we will have installations at 14 locations doesn’t mean we will use 14 different artists.”
Tillotson said the designs will also be sensory.
“The designs will be part of the aesthetic,” he said. “As you move through the creek, we’re looking for a kinesthetic experience.”