“Najo Jām” (Our Home) by collaborating San Antonio artists Carlos Cortés and Doroteo Garza is a public art installation at Comanche Lookout Park. The design is pan-Indian—relating to the multiple indigenous tribes that lay claim to this land. The artwork is made from reinforced concrete to look like stone and wood, a technique called “trabajo rustico” or “faux bois,” giving it a natural and organic form, along with contributing to its aged appearance as if they were placed together from the far-off past.
The title of the artwork is in the Coahuiltecan language Pajalate meaning “Our Home”. The name pays tribute to the ancestors of this land and future generations. The site will become a welcoming space inviting interaction and respite after a long hike through the Park. The artwork features many symbols related to Native American ceremony and religion.
Currently one of the planters is being featured on display at the River Walk Public Art Garden as part of a rotating series of public art. The concrete planter will be on temporary display at River Walk before permanently moving to Comanche Lookout Park. This installation marks the first temporary districtwide connectivity piece to debut at the River Walk Public Art Garden.
15551 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78247
Medium type: Concrete
Date created: 2020