The Spirit Within

“The Spirit Within” is a massive 18′ x 155′ mural and was developed as part of the Department of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Program by collaborative artists Ashleigh Garza and Hailey Marmolejo in coordination with San Anto Cultural Arts.

The mural features a fantastical nighttime landscape that thematically explores and pays homage to the history of women and their work at Historic Market Square, which was determined through a series of community engagement sessions as part of the Department’s Public Art Process. The mural features women donning luchador masks, native plants, constellations, and magical alebrijes (mythical creatures represented through Mexican folk-art sculptures which can be found throughout Market Square). Every element incorporated in the mural serves as a reminder that the location’s rich multicultural history is imbued with feminine connotation.

“Historic Market Square has been a playground for creativity and community for centuries,” said artists Garza and Marmolejo in a joint statement. “We wanted to interpret this exuberance by making the alebrijes of Market Square come to life, while highlighting women, the history of San Antonio and the city’s multicultural population. The title of this mural speaks to the spirit of hope, love, strength, and resilience that we all embody.”

As detailed by the artists, alebrijes and other characters featured in the mural include:

  • Garza /Water Bird – Honors the Payaya creation story of Yanaguana (

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Category: Mural

Medium type: Paint

Date created: 2023

Dimensions: 18’ x 155’

Associated artists

Hailey Marmolejo, Ashleigh Garza


612 W. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX, 78207

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Location: Historic Market Square Farmer’s Market
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