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Second Street is unique in that it is relatively short, terminating in focal points at the east and west ends. The street is a perfect stage for pedestrian art amenities and is in essence a linear outdoor gallery. Art projects have been designed for pedestrian viewing, not as drive by works of art.
One of the missions of the Public Art Plan is to link the works of art, permanent and temporary, to interpretations of the social history and ecology of rivers and watersheds, and of the importance of the responsible usage and conservation of water. Rivers have also been an important route for transportation and commerce, both in prehistoric times and since European settlement of the region, which is reflected in the naming of the north/south streets for Texas rivers in the 1839 Waller Plan for the City. Accordingly, the overall theme for the Second Street streetscape is “Rivers, Streams, and Springs.” The San Antonio River is a terrazzo sidewalk enhancement by Leticia Huerta. It reflects her early memories of the San Antonio River and is the last project for the 2nd Street Great Streets Project that started in 2009.
Leticia Huerta is a Texas artist that specializes in public art. She has extensive experience creating meaningful projects for spaces and their communities. Huerta has experience working on transit projects, bridges, streetscapes, parks and public buildings such as hospitals and universities. The work is inspired by the people that inhabit these spaces as well as their history and future. She utilizes materials appropriate for each project and utilizes various materials such as tile, glass, metal, concrete, terrazzo and paint.
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