(Google map image of area, sent by Thomas Cummins)
Streetscape Luminaria artists: a Quick Run-Down
Firstly, though, a note about weather readiness and changes by Libby Tilley, Luminaria spokesperson:
"Everything is a go for Luminaria! We are weather-proofing Luminaria and will be ready to welcome the San Antonio community to downtown San Antonio rain or shine! We have moved a couple of things inside to the Convention Center.
The San Antonio Symphony and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio has been relocated to the Convention Center in Exhibit Hall A.
6:20 pm Youth Orchestras of San Antonio
9:00 pm San Antonio Symphony"
I rang Libby up; she added that there’s no rain forecast for tomorrow night, but it will be chilly. “Wear a coat,” she advises.
And now a few words and images from some of the “Streetscape” artists. I asked them to send locations, titles, descriptions of their pieces, and images if they wanted. The diversity of the responses is pretty great.
I am in the bandstand in front of the Alamo and am making a piece that involves audience participation! … We will start at 6 and go until all the materials have been used- we are making a collaborative piece in which we make wishes for things, forces, animals that cannot wish for themselves.
Title - "Maverick Walk"
These pics are of my location Maverick Walk but are also the photographs I'm using as my piece.
510 E Houston St. Maverick Walk is a pedestrian walkway that was built with the Hyatt hotel and its garage with one entrance found on Houston St. in between Alamo and Losoya.
[These are] two images of the location from both entrances of the alley - so you see the way you came in from and you see the exit you're leaving out of.
Both images are 27'' x 51''…and will be facing opposite of one another.
I'm on a building to be seen from the lawn where Movies in the Park was this year. behind Magik Cildrens Theatre & across the street from LUCA.
"Home Again, Home Again"
I am in the window at the Joske's on the Alamo street side.
“green x green x green"
This piece is a multimedia installation that consists of three wooden boxes (12” x 12” x12”) sustained off the ground by a wooden stand. Inside each box there is a video loop playing and mirrors placed all around it. The boxes have a small peephole, so people would look into the hole and see the video being played on the screen as well as the reflections of that video on the mirrors.
The video inside the boxes will be a compilation of colorful and beautiful images of fragments of nature. The video footage includes extreme close ups of flowers, clouds, water, earth, grass, etc.
(this third photo is a still from “Volver,” a previous work upon which “green x green x green” is based)
The boxes are painted white with black handwritten text over and around them.
My installation is going to be in the exhibit hall at the convention center, along other video installations.
I will be hovering around Hemisfair Park dressed like a box of hot popcorn.
Laura Varela (with Vaago Weiland)
The photos are just mockups and the proposal doesn't really include very much detail about the multimedia component, but I did get permission to project on the Alamo facade and on the wall on the left, which is the oldest wall in San Antonio.
Regarding Multimedia - Think brown faces on the face of the Alamo !!!
Generations of mankind lived and travelled in tents. All of their possessions were placed in their tents. Everything took place in nature or these tents: life, love, birth and death. Fortunately, the most important values of life are inside of us–inside of our being. We don’t need thick walls to shelter these values and beliefs. We don’t need missions, large houses, skyscrapers or defensive fortification to feel secure or connected with other life giving energy. The understanding of the basic law must be inside of us–our heart, soul and mind. The beauty of mother earth reminds us of this constantly.
It is easy to change your position when you are living in a tent. It is easy to change your point of view when you are not living behind thick walls. You are just covered and sheltered by a thin membrane and are coexisting with nature when you live in this manner.
This membrane is easy to destroy; everyone has to be careful. You need a lot of sensibility, respect and knowledge to handle it. Fortunately, even in these modern day’s you won’t find peoples treasure’s in their “tents;” you will find it in them.
Weiland is from Europe and studied architecture as well as sculpture and spent time in San Antonio in 2007. He recognized that the San Antonio Missions were built like castles and defensive fortifications. Throughout his discussions with Varela on why the Europeans attempted to destroy Native American culture one conclusion was clear: the belief and knowledge of the basic law of the universe and nature was sheltered behind thick walls.