Iluminación de la Plaza by San Antonio Artist Christopher Montoya draws inspiration from the history of the nearby area, Plaza de Armas, or Military Plaza. This contemporary artwork references the extensive history this space holds. Some of the key elements featured come from architectural details from the building itself. The painted brick façade and round window at the top become a portal to the 1870’s and 1880’s. This is echoed by the historic lantern hanging in the center which illuminates the plaza’s history. Framing the scene is a serape border which surrounds the piece like curtains. These flowing bands of color pay homage to the billowing and colorful garments commonly seen throughout the historic plaza.
In the top register is a map which helps ground viewers in the location of the area. To the left, a covered wagon and cattle march down the Plaza. To the right, you will find fruit and vegetable vendors. The central focus show two tables of people eating and enjoying the tastes and sights of the Plaza. Between the two tables, stand Chili Queens, preparing tortillas and chili con carne. The figures in the foreground become clearer and start to break from the window frame showing how the contemporary and past can blend and merge. Click here to learn more about the area’s history.
Artist: Christopher Montoya
General Contractor: Con-Cor Incorporated
Fabricator: Tile Artisans Digital Imaging
Installers: High Quality Tile
115 Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, TX, 78205