A massive new public artwork made its debut in downtown San Antonio on Monday.
Mexican artist Sebastian's Door of Equality (La Puerta de Igualdad)
, a 33-foot-tall gateway installed at the San Pedro roundabout a block north of the San Antonio Central Library, emblematizes the ongoing struggle for justice via a pair of tightly wound cobalt blue pillars.
“With the current climate we are living in, one where walls are being proposed, I wanted to create a work that speaks to the importance of keeping doors open and being vigilant about true equality,” the artist said in a press release.
Door of Equality
joins Sebastian's iconic Torch of Friendship (La Antorcha de la Amistad)
— gifted to the city by the Mexican government in 2002 — in San Antonio's rich landscape of public art.
The new sculpture will be lit from within, marking the first time Sebastian has incorporated light into his work.
"Our city has a powerful history of fighting for rights that are inclusive and support everyone," District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño said in a statement. "Today, there’s many conversations and movements championing for thorough and considerate efforts starting right in the heart of downtown."
He added: "The Door of Equality (La Puerta de Igualdad)
serves as a visual reminder of how we must continue to champion behind what is right and just."
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