Bernard's Bench

“Bernard’s Bench” by San Antonio artist Twyla Arthur is a bench comprised of mosaic tile and small mementos contributed by the community and features the phrase’Ars Longa, Vita Brevis’ (“Art is Long, Life is Short”). The artwork honors the memory of Bernard Lifshutz and clearly establishes the presence of Southwest School of Art’s entrance to the River.

Location: River

Medium type: Mixed Media; Tile

Date created: 2009

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300 Augusta, San Antonio, TX, 78205

Additional Information

Accession Number: 2009.ART.1
District: 1
Location: River Walk (near Urseline Academy)
Location Interior/Exterior: exterior - west bank near Southwest School of Art (Urseline Academy)
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