Public art and culture programs on the creek will be managed by San Pedro Creek Arts, a new pilot program of the San Antonio River Authority. A full-time position of San Pedro Creek Curator will be created with responsibilities to direct the program, guide the implementation of this strategy, manage projects, and serve as a resource in the community. San Pedro Creek Arts will have a Steering Committee to guide its work plan and budget, and the San Pedro Creek Arts and Culture Alliance to foster collaborations and partnerships with local and regional artists and arts and culture entities invested in the park.
Public art projects in San Pedro Creek Culture Park will express what is authentic about San Antonio today, or explore the history and meaning of the creek through a contemporary art lens. Temporary artworks and locations that feature changing artworks will allow a range of local, regional, national, and international artists and arts organizations to participate in the program. These are complemented by performances in the amphitheater, the permanent 300th anniversary commission at the tunnel inlet, and places to integrate art into the design of a few key locations. Property owners adjacent to the creek will be invited to consider creating projects inspired by this strategy and by collaborating with San Pedro Creek Arts.
A permanent art piece will be placed at the Tree of Life Plaza, near the tunnel inlet at Santa Rosa Street, for San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebration in 2018. Designed by internationally acclaimed artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, the commissioned piece is a sculpture titled “Plethora,” which will depict a woman’s face watching over San Pedro Creek. There was an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) to select the artist. Rodriguez-Gerada was selected from more than 150 entries by a committee of local representatives.