Pace Foundation to Unveil First Public Artwork, and It’s a Big One

by Paula Newton December 10, 2013
Arturo Herrera, Adam 2012. Wall painting. Dimensions variable. Image copyright of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Arturo Herrera, Adam, 2012. Wall painting, dimensions variable. Image copyright of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Later this month, the Linda Pace Foundation will present its first public artwork, Adam, by Arturo Herrera, which will be located opposite to San Antonio’s Main Plaza. The wall painting, more than 25-feet high and 98-feet wide (2,500 square feet!), fulfills the Foundation’s mission for the community to experience contemporary art in nontraditional settings.

The Venezuelan-born artist first came to San Antonio in 2000 as an Artpace artist in residence and forged a friendship with founder Linda Pace. “The color red that I chose for Adam was intentional as red is the color associated with heat, power, physical energy and celebration,” says Herrera. “Coincidently, red was Linda Pace’s favorite color, both for its physical and spiritual qualities.”

The Foundation’s new Executive Director Maura Reilly states, “This installation advances San Antonio’s growing reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity.” The Linda Pace Foundation is funding the project and it will remain on display at the corner of Commerce Street and Main Avenue for three years. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 3 pm on Saturday, December 14.

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