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Client: The San Antonio River Foundation

Location: San Antonio, TX, United States

Completion date: 2009

Project Team

Artist

Donald Lipski

Project Manager

John Grant

Public Art Services

Overview

In 2009 the city of San Antonio was in stages, extending its landmark River Walk by 8 miles. Artist Donald Lipski was selected to design a work of public art for the Museum Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk which extends under the rather forbidding darkness of Interstate I-35. For this unique location Lipski designed a school of fish, each 7’ long and made of fiberglass by New Wave Taxidermy in Florida. These 25 fiberglass replicas of native, long-eared sunfish catch the reflection of the light off the water below during the daytime and are illuminated from within at night, with about 1,000 l.e.d. lights in each one.

Goals

The goal of this project was to create a unique art viewing experience for visitors to the River Walk. This work has become an instant landmark where crowds gather nightly for the “lighting of the fish.”

Process

Public Art Services worked with artist Donald Lipski to provide project management services for this project.