A new sculpture design created by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada wins the International Public Art Competition in San Antonio,Texas.
“Plethora”, a 60 foot tall monument to culture and the future by Barcelona, Spain based artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, has won the San Antonio Tricentennial Artwork Competition. The aluminum sculpture of a woman’s face was chosen among 100 local and international entries to commemorate San Antonio’s 300th Anniversary and will be built by May 2018 at the San Pedro Creek Plaza which forms part of the first phase of the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project designed by Muñoz & Co and managed by the San Antonio River Authority.
Rodriguez-Gerada’s sculpture “will be a permanent inspiration and marker that will celebrate 300 years of history and cultural heritage, as well as guide us into another 300 years of Bexar County and San Antonio,” said Betty Bueché, Bexar County Heritage and Parks Department Director.
“Plethora” is a collaborative effort between Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s studio, Arup Engineering Group – world renowned engineers responsible for some of the world’s most inspiring constructions, Built by Associative Data – an architecture and technology studio based in Barcelona, Spain, and River City Industries – a state of the art metal fabricator in San Antonio, Texas. This team brings the project to life and makes “Plethora” feasible through the use of digital design and analysis technologies as well as advanced digital fabrication techniques. Plethora emerges as a fusion of multiple significant links that conform the history of San Antonio and the elements that have manifested the cultural identity of generations. Plethora pays homage to the location that allowed the city´s genesis; to the trials, tribulations and triumphs of its people; and the diversity of it´s population through the use of innovation and creativity.