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Red Arch, Green Arch

Katie Pell

Medium: Digital image transfer on ceramic tile
Dimensions: (A) 1’-6”—5’ x 50’ (B) 2’-6”—7’x 67’-11”
Locations: Between Martin Street and Travis Street

About the Artist: Pell held a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Alongside pursuing her own artwork, she taught at the Southwest School of Art, Northwest Vista College, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Through exuberant drawings, performance projects, and comic books, Pell celebrated vernacular traditions. Her work presents a world without taboos or boundaries—one where anything is possible for those who go beyond given conditions. Her work irreverently explored personal, gender, and cultural identity, as well as the potential for greatness in everyone. Pell passed away in December 2019 and is dearly remembered by the art community in San Antonio.

Website: http://katiepellart.com/index.html

These murals pay homage to the flora and fauna that once flourished along San Pedro Creek. Thousands of years ago, this creek was home to bison, deer, and antelope, as well as animals that are now extinct, like mastodons and dire wolves. Wild plants provided fruits, nuts, roots, and berries to the native people. When the first Spanish explorers arrived and beheld San Pedro Creek centuries ago, they were struck by its abundance of natural resources and beauty. The creek was considered lush, abundant, and ripe with potential.

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