SAN ANTONIO — A new public art piece has made its debut in Hemisfair Park, located near the base of the Tower of the Americas.
The new bronze sculpture, Alas de México (Wings of Mexico), was created by renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín, and gifted in celebration of San Antonio’s Tricentennial.
“Wings are an international symbol for freedom and liberty, and Alas de México is an impressive Tricentennial gift from Mexico City and from master sculptor, Jorge Marín. We are very thankful. This sculpture is a wonderful addition to San Antonio’s public art collection, and an excellent example of art interacting with visitors. Everyone in our city can enjoy these wings, and they will inspire us and carry us into our future,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said.
With its Sister City agreement with Monterrey established in 1953, San Antonio became the first U.S. city to have a Sister City relationship with Mexico.
“San Antonio and Mexico City are cities with a common history — and cities separated by history. They are cities united by people and, a pair of wings which will now symbolize this future of unity and fraternal friendship, with which both peoples dream together; which we wish to see fly and by which we express our hopes and enthusiasm,” said Claudio Ruz, Mexico City’s Director of Protocol and Diplomacy. “May this gift by Mexico City find its place in the hearts of San Antonio, and its presence serve as a perennial reminder of a common future for both cities.”
The new piece invites viewers to become part of the artwork by standing on a raised pedestal between two large bronze wings with the Tower of the Americas and the Henry B. González Convention Center in the background.