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La Gloriosa Historia de San Pedro Creek On My Mind: A Story in Five Episodes
Ceramic Tile Mural by Kathy & Lionel Sosa - COMING FALL 2022!

Project Facts:

  • The artwork is located in Phase 1.2, between Commerce and Dolorosa Streets
  • The artwork will be the park’s largest mural at approximately 2,200 square feet
  • The artwork consists of five separate panels, each approx. 15’H x 30’W
  • The artwork will be made of 8” porcelain tile using a unique glazing process
  • Installation of the artwork is scheduled to be complete in May 2022 with the grand opening of Phase 1.2 (and Phase 1.3) slated for the fall of 2022

Artists: Lionel & Kathy Sosa

Artist Statement: Responding to a Request for Qualifications to create a large-scale mural for the San Pedro Creek Culture Park, my husband Lionel and I, together with a team of esteemed scholars, educators and cultural advisors that includes Ellen Riojas Clark, John Phillip Santos, Jennifer Speed, Carey Latimore, Melinda Iruegas, Sergio Iruegas and Char Miller, proposed to tell the story of San Pedro Creek in five episodes using the Tree of Life/Arbol de la Vida, my favorite story-telling platform. The episodes we’ve selected are sequential, though not chronologically distinct. One of the beauties of the Tree of Life platform is how it can communicate using iconography and symbolism rather than illustrations meant to be interpreted literally or (mis)understood as definitive. In this way, each viewer can be engaged in following the clues and exploring the story in his or her own way.

The intended effect of the art is enchantment, followed quickly by curiosity and (if we are lucky) further investigation. Iconography is plentiful in each panel, so that viewers may discover new things each time they are encountered. Foreground figures help emphasize the creek as home to diverse groups of people and will also come to life through a virtual reality tool on the San Pedro Creek Culture Park mobile app.

About the Artist: Kathy and Lionel Sosa are San Antonio based artists with experience in various media including large scale public art projects.  Their art is well known for its color, cultural context and for communicating a sense of place and people that is unique to this incredibly vibrant community and the broader Texas-Mexico borderland region.

For this project they are supported by a team of cultural consultants, historians, and researchers who are working to ensure the artwork provides an authentic and meaningful experience.  Team members include Ellen Rioja Clark, PhD, Jennifer Speed, PhD, John Phillip Santos, Carey Latimore, PhD, and Melinda and Sergio Iruegas.

Renderings below provided by Munoz & Co. Artwork depicted for rendering purposes only, not actual artwork. 

(Left) View of the mural from the lower paseo.

(Right) View of the upper paseo where the back of the mural walls from cured benches. 

The Five Episodes:

Fundación/Foundation

In which San Pedro Creek in pre-conquest times is a lush environment home to Coahuiltecan indigenous peoples

Confrontation/Colaboración

In which Europeans arrive at the creek, and a centuries long period begins, marked on the one hand by a series of hostilities to determine ownership and control, and on the other hand by cooperation and the building of community

Separación/Separation

In which San Pedro Creek becomes the line of demarcation between the west side and other parts of the city and inequality abounds

Inundation/Constricción

In which San Pedro Creek rises up out of her banks in a series of devastating floods and is subsequently constricted in underground culverts and drainage ditches

Restoración/Restoration

In which San Pedro Creek is restored to a natural state and becomes a linear culture park enjoyed by all

Design Sketches

Progress Photos

Painting is underway for Panel 1. The canvas is approximately 1/3 the size of the panel that will be installed as ceramic tiles. 

Interactive PDF

Use the Five Panel Mural Interactive PDF above to explore the inspiration for the icons and symbols found in the mural.

Questions or Comments?

Contact us at [email protected]

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