San Antonio’s Latest Public Art Project Pays Homage to African American Culture at Martin Luther King Park – The City of San Antonio
CONTACT: Stacey Norton, Department of Arts and Culture
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (January 12, 2022) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture recently launched “Spheres of Reflection,” a new public art project in the eastern part of the city, at Martin Luther King Park. The 13-foot sculpture, which sits on a 4-foot-high foundation, was created by local San Antonio artist Kaldric Dow and celebrates African American culture.
“Spheres of Reflection” depicts an ambiguous face topped by a cylindrical tower of dark, reflective spheres symbolic of hair. The spheres feature words that are common themes found in the work of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., including “dream, sincerity, daring, desire, courage, unity, gratitude, responsibility, devotion, and change.”
“To me, this sculpture represents the essence of what African American culture is,” said Dow. “It was important for me to use my portrait art style to create a piece that people can relate to and see themselves represented. The creation of reflection spheres in honor of Dr. King’s self-reflection messages, so that viewers are encouraged to look within to think about what the words incorporated in the sculpture mean to them.
“While this sculpture is a commemoration of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., this work of art goes beyond that. It’s a catalyst for starting a dialogue on the proper representation of Blacks, Indigenous people and people of color and social justice, ”said Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, City Councilor for District 2.“ It’s a perfect fit. for the east side of San Antonio because we are a diverse, creative and resilient neighborhood. This is a sustainable beautification project that we can all be proud of as it will enrich the experience of this park for residents and visitors every day.
“Spheres of Reflection” was created through the Department of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program, which uses important community feedback to shape the themes, artists and designs used in the projects. public art across San Antonio. The sculpture is Dow’s response to the community’s desire to tell an interpretive story, address local and national civil rights themes, and enhance the experience of visitors to the area.
Dow also created a smaller sculpture under the same name at the River Walk Public Art Garden located on Market Street between Alamo and Bowie streets. The River Walk Public Art Garden sculpture serves as an introduction and connection to the main installation at Martin Luther King Park to encourage visitors to River Walk to explore the larger sculpture and the surrounding parks, businesses and attractions on the east side. .
“Public art offers the opportunity to create a deeper understanding and connections with the space where it is placed, as well as with our community, ourselves and one another,” said the Executive Director by Acting Department of Arts and Culture, Krystal Jones. “This sculpture tells an important story of identity and culture, told through the vision of one of San Antonio’s emerging and talented artists. In no time the piece was set up, we saw people congregating in front of the sculpture on their walks, bike rides, community meetings and more. We look forward to seeing it be a gathering place for all for generations to come. “
For more information on “Spheres of Reflection” and to find out more about arts and culture programs and events, visit www.SanAntonio.gov/Arts and follow the Department of Arts and Culture on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @GetCreativeSA, #getcreativesa.
Please note: photos and videos of the installation can be found here.