Art as Anesthesia: Schlesinger’s “Along Here and There” Eases a Trek in SA

schlesinger paintingSan Antonio Express-News staff writer Elda Silva reports on Mark Schlesinger’s new mile-long earth-toned concrete “public painting” along Jones Maltsberger St. in San Antonio. Commissioned by Public Art San Antonio, the piece articulates a 1.2 mile stretch of sidewalk, retaining walls and roadway with stripes and grids of colored concrete. Titled Along Here and There, the low-key intervention isn’t going to shake anyone up, but is intended as a visual anesthetic for bikers and joggers. According to PASA manager James LeFlore, “You can create a focus for at least stretches of time that help you tune out the fact that you’re basically not taking a lap around the park, but you’re having a very one-of-a-kind experience on an arterial roadway.”

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