Antorcha de Amistad (Torch of Friendship) symbolizes two cultures, two languages, and two roads merging into one, specifically those of the United States and Mexico. The artwork is composed of two columns that come together at the top in a gently twisting and curving arch that suggests the flow of water or a ribbon rippling in the wind. The sculpture gracefully extends into the sky, reminiscent of an abstracted arabesque. This looping convergence mirrors the sense of friendship Sebastian draws inspiration from.
The vibrant red monumental sculpture was a gift to the city from the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, a group of Mexican entrepreneurs and investors with ties to San Antonio. In 2002, it was installed in the traffic circle where Commerce, Alamo and Losoya streets converge. Located in the heart of downtown, Antorcha de Amistad is within walking distance of the Alamo, River Walk, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hemisfair, and La Villita. Since its addition to the skyline, it has become emblematic of San Antonio and one of its best-known public artworks.
This piece, and other Sebastian works in our city, characterize San Antonio’s long, fruitful, and hopeful relationship with Mexico. San Antonio has two vibrant Sister Cities in Mexico, Monterey and Guadalajara, and maintains a productive Friendship City relationship with Mexico City. Go to the Global Engagement Office website to learn more about our Partner Cities.
Medium type: Steel
Date created: 2002
351 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX, 78205