Cactus

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Cactus
Photo Credit:
Lead Artist(s):

Description:

“Cactus,” is an expansive horizontal mural on the façade of the newly expanded Henry B. González Convention Center. Serving as an “architectural frieze,” the mural depicts an endless field of native cacti along the upper section of the building’s east facade. The frieze is 913 feet in length and 13’ tall and is made of galvanized metal chain-link fencing dappled with over 100,000 white vinyl dots. The green background contrasts with the white vinyl dots to create a half-tone pattern that forms the image. The artwork is visible to daily commuters as they drive along the adjacent Interstate 37. The artist’s inspiration came from his interest in plant-inspired motifs commonly used as decorative elements in architecture. As the “official plant of Texas,” the Prickly Pear Cactus symbolizes the resilient and bountiful landscapes of the state, while serving as a reminder of how efficiently nature adapts to change.

PROJECT LOCATION

Convention Center
Public Space
East façade of expanded convention center
Henry B. González Convention Center
900 E. Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

City of San Antonio, Department of Arts & Culture
james.leflore@sanantonio.gov
Hunt Zachry, Marmon Mok and Populous
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
136,5411
$500,000 and above
Percent-for-Art
Environmental Art, Mixed Media, Mural, Site integrated architectural work
Metal, Mixed Media, Plastic
2016
2017