"Alas de México (Wings of Mexico)"

Photo by Bryan Rindfuss. Posted November 2018.
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Hailed as a gift from the Mexican government and internationally recognized sculptor Jorge Marín in celebration of San Antonio’s Tricentennial, Alas de México (Wings of Mexico) isn’t the only new addition to Hemisfair Park but it stands poised to become the one we’ll be seeing the most of in the future. Presented as a symbol of “unity and fraternal friendship” between San Antonio and Mexico City in the midst of volatile times, the bronze statue joins works by an array of local artists, including Karen Mahaffy, Oscar Alvarado, Joey Fauerso, Stuart Allen, Alex Rubio, Justin Boyd and Jennifer Khoshbin, as well as an assortment of holdouts from HemisFair ’68. If Alas de México looks familiar, it might be because an earlier version of it was on display at the San Antonio Botanical Garden three years ago as part of Marín’s outdoor sculpture showcase “Wings of the City.” While we’re not sure how effectively the sculpture will inspire visitors to “pause and reflect on the relationship between San Antonio and Mexico,” we’ve seen its selfie strengths successfully at play, with tourists patiently waiting to climb atop its pedestal and pose as a gold-winged angel beneath the Tower of the Americas.

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Hemisfair Park
434 S. Alamo St.

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