20 Public Art Pieces to Visit in San Antonio 

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Great art isn't hard to find in San Antonio; in fact, there's probably some great public pieces in your own neighborhood. If stuffy museums aren't your thing but you're looking to see something cool, check out these public art pieces that are definitely worth a visit.
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Open Hand, Open Mind, Open Heart
1101 Iowa Street
Artist: Douglas Kornfelt, 2015

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence, this spectacular, 32-foot tall sculpture in Sullivan Park faces San Antonio’s downtown skyline.

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The Beacon
1700 Blanco Road
Artist: Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, 2008

This 28 ft. tall aluminum sculpture lights up at night similar to a luminaria, serving as a beacon at the intersection of Blanco Road and Fulton Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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Trains
Hays Street Bridge
Artist: Riley Robinson, 2010

The Hays Street Bridge is famous for its great views of the city, but details like the silhouettes of trains along the railings are often overlooked. Paying homage to the trains that used to run under the bridge, Trains is a unique piece of art in a cool place.

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'Beauty … it rubs against one’s tongue / it hangs there hurting one / insisting on its own existence / finally it gets so one cannot stand the pain / then one must have beauty extracted.'
111 Camp Street
Artist: Daniel Joseph Martinez, 2008

On the back of the SPACE gallery is a massive mural-sized text painting by Daniel Joseph Martinez, a meditation on beauty. The piece is viewable at all hours of day.

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La Veladora of Our Lady of Guadalupe
1315 Guadalupe St.
Artist: Jesse Trevino, 2006

This spectacular mural features a 3D votive candle (veladora) with an eternal flame facing Guadalupe Street. Intended to serve as a beacon for the neighborhood, this mixed media mural is truly magnificent.

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Millrace Bridge
Millrace Road--Brackenridge Park
Artist: Diana Kersey, 2011

Bridges seem to be the perfect place for art in San Antonio and the Millrace Bridge is not an exception. Twenty-four ceramic panels are integrated into the sides of the bridge featuring historical images specific to the park itself.

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Puente de Rippling Shadows
528-552 Brooklyn Ave
Artist: Rolando Briseño, 2012

This steel sculpture adorns the Brooklyn Avenue Bridge downtown and is highlighted with vibrant aqua metal sheets to evoke the feeling of water rippling.

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Spineway
1401 Cincinnati Avenue
Artist: Marc Fornes, 2015

Woodlawn Lake Park features one of the most interesting pieces of public art in the form of a huge blue-green aluminum structure at the corner of Cincinnatti Avenue and Josephine Tobin Drive. Reflecting the movement of people, this piece serves as a gateway between communities.

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29° 25' 57" N and 98° 29' 13" W
544 McCullough Artist: Stuart Allen, 2009

These incredible steel hangings catch the eyes of all who pass by this piece along the Riverwalk. Colored steel wire shifts and morphs with color as visitors walk by.

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Adam
At the corner of W. Commerce and N. Main
Artist: Arturo Herrera, 2013

Directly adjacent to Main Plaza, Adam is a 3,500-square foot public artwork sponsored by the Linda Pace Foundation. The red color is supposed to inspire dynamism and human movement, and the piece will be on display until the end of the year.

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The Torch of Friendship
333 Losoya Street
Artist: Sebastián, 2002

Certainly the most iconic piece of art San Antonio has to offer, La Antorcha de la Amistad (The Torch of Friendship) was commissioned as a gift, a token of goodwill between the Mexican government and the City of San Antonio.

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Unity Plaza
315 South Santa Rosa Avenue
Artist: Jefre Manuel, 2012

Located at the city’s new Public Works headquarters, this massively interesting piece of art honors the service men and women who protect city. An 18,000-sqft. mosaic map of San Antonio is illuminated at night and features two 16 ft steel silhouettes of an officer and a fireman.

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Whispers
West River Bank, North of Mission Road
Artist: Arne Quinze, 2016

Whispers was imagined as a portal between Mission San Juan and the River, placed along the walking path and created with colors that reference local wildflowers.

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The Grotto
1277 Camden St.
Artist: Carlos Cortes, 2009

Located at a bend in the San Antonio River between the Camden and Newell Street Bridges, this three-story sculpture is one of the most popular public art projects on the Riverwalk’s Museum Reach.

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Fiesta Tower
600 Soledad
Artist: Dale Chihuly, 2003

Commissioned in celebration of the San Antonio Public Library's Centennial 13 years ago, this monumental tower of blown glass towers over the open atrium of the Central Library on the second floor, complementing the building's bold colors and sharp geometry.

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The Saga at San Fernando Cathedral
115 W. Main Plaza
Artist: Xavier de Richemont, 2014

You've probably seen it plastered all over your Instagram feed, but it's so worth seeing in real life. Four days a week at multiple times nightly, San Fernando Cathedral is lit up with a 24-minute laser light show that's truly spectacular.

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Golden Age
8400 NW Military Hwy
Artist: Anne Wallace, 2013

Right beside the brand spankin' new Urban Ecology Center in Phil Hardberger Park West is a cluster of three irrigator wheels clad in reflective hardware. The UFO-like installations sit among the restored savanna grasses, sparkling in the light and recalling the natural effect of a wildfire.

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Wickiup Overlook
4700 Old Pearsall Rd
Artist: Buster Simpson, 2016

In the middle of San Antonio's newest Pearsall Park in southwest San Antonio, Wickiup Overlook is an embellished shade structure complete with seating that also doubles as an art installation.

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Victoria
6000 N. New Braunfels
Artist: Philip Grausman, 2007

Viewable both form the road and up-close and personal from the grass, Victoria is a stainless steel sculpture of a head on permanent diaplay on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum.

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Chris Park
111 Camp St.
Artist: Teresita Fernández, 2007

Outside of the Linda Pace Foundation gallery is Chris Park, a small oasis of foliage and art. Scattered throughout the outdoor space are five pieces by Teresita Hernández, including her Journal Benches (pictured), a fountain and more.

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Open Hand, Open Mind, Open Heart
1101 Iowa Street
Artist: Douglas Kornfelt, 2015

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence, this spectacular, 32-foot tall sculpture in Sullivan Park faces San Antonio’s downtown skyline.

Facebook/Public Art San Antonio