AIA Craft Award for San Antonio Public Art Installation
San Antonio’s Aguas onduladas”(Rippling Waters) showcases how public art not only creates inspiring community spaces but gives new life and meaning to everyday environments and experiences. We’re thrilled to have this installation recognized for its thoughtfulness and beauty with a Merit Award for Excellence in Craft from the American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter (AIA)!
Jury comments: “Curvilinear forms are well crafted changes from day to night is beautiful.
San Antonio, Texas selected one of its prominent lakefront parks, at the headwaters of a 23.4 square mile creek watershed, to undergo major improvements as part of a larger city-wide watershed improvements plan for urban streams. The park is a neighborhood amenity that connects people with nature and affords a variety of opportunities to engage with the water while also learning about storm water management. The project site, a traffic island that has been a barrier to access, is re-imagined as a new “front door” to this reinvigorated park.
Functioning as an iconic marker for both vehicular and pedestrian experiences, wave forms of stainless steel create a meandering path inviting people to walk through to the park. The wave forms point to a visual phenomenon of motion, reflection, and light on water coupled with the integration of poetry from Dr. Carmen Tafolla, the state’s former poet laureate and native of the city. Interior illumination creates a soft glow that changes from day to night, transforming a what was a site barrier into an opportunity and invitation to explore the park and connect with nature.