D2 Fire Station

“Spirit of the Phoenix,” by San Antonio artist Cathy Cunningham-Little, is a dichroic glass installation located in the apparatus bay on the northwest corner of the fire station. This is a notable project for the San Antonio Fire Department and the Department of Arts & Culture because this is the first fire station public art project, the project will be incorporated into the storefront that will house a historic apparatus (fire truck).The artwork inspiration is an abstract Phoenix using geometric forms that frame the display bay. The corner panels represent ladders, with lower warm colors symbolizing flames that lead upwards to cool colors of blues and greens. These cool colors allude to water, regrowth, and the blue colors of uniforms worn by firefighters. The cool colors overcome the warm, yet some sparks of hot colors flash within the others. The vertical corners and horizontal suspended sections of glass are analogous to opened theatrical curtains. They focus attention on the central character of the vintage fire apparatus. Theatrical lights direct attention to the apparatus while the colored reflections envelope it, emphasizing its role as a part of the whole Phoenix parable. The artwork utilizes natural light and LED lights to create reflections that extend the color into and out of the display bay to create a kaleidoscope of colors, shifting in relation to the angle of the viewing, the sun’s position, the weather, and the season. The reflections of the natural light

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Category: Installation

Medium type: Glass; Steel

Date created: 2017

Dimensions: 32' long x 13' wide x 9' tall x 6' deep

Associated artists

Cathy Cunningham-Little
Cathy Cunningham-Little


1410 S WW White Rd, San Antonio, TX, San Antonio, TX, 78220

Additional Information

Accession Number: 2017.CUN.1
District: 2
Location: D2 Firestation
Artist URL: http://cathycunningham-little.com/

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