Come be a part of this Interactive Public Art Installation Creation Story: Springs of Life for Blessings of our Beginnings; as Carmen Tafolla, The City’s inaugural poet laureate, commemorates 10,000 years of San Antonio’s history through poetry, music, art and dance.
Creation Story: Springs of Life represents the four sacred springs located in Central Texas: Barton Springs, Comal Springs, San Marcos Springs and San Pedro Springs. The indigenous word for the San Antonio River is Yanaguana, Spirit Water, which starts at San Pedro Springs. This installation was inspired by a creation story of the full moon passing over the springs and causing them to burst. The bursting of the water represents Mother Earth birthing humankind. In the story we dance at midnight under the full moon to celebrate our creation. The altar in the middle represents the Sun, and the surrounding lights represent the four direction: East, West, North and South. This multimedia installation is honoring Mother Earth and the sacred waters from which all life emanates.
Lead Artist: Laura Varela
Varela is a San Antonio-based documentary filmmaker and media artists whose work as a storyteller is shaped by her roots growing up on the US/ Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas. Her work navigates between ideological, cultural, linguistic and physical borders through the use of film and contemporary art installations.
Rebel Mariposa was born and raised in San Anto and grew up in the back-stages of the Guadalupe and Jump Start theaters amongst powerful mujeres artists and their daughters. She has preformed professionally as an actor, dancer and musician in Texas, California and Mexico. She has created public and private mosaic art installations, taught dance, puppetry and music in public schools and is a co-creator of a vegan food/events company . She has recently relocated back to San Anto after being in San Diego for the past 7 years.
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Michael Witzel was born in Lancaster,PA and attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia,PA where he
received his BFA . He studied sculpture at SUNY Albany where he received his MA in Fine Arts. He
has taught sculpture and drawing in the past. He has been involved with art exhibit installations and
fabrication of museum artifacts and displays for years, anything from a life size T-Rex skeleton replica
to antique Tibetan tankas to contemporary artworks.