"Confluence Theater"

"Confluence Theater" pays homage to the layering of events, forces, influences, and materials that have formed the rich, diverse environment of the San Antonio River. The artwork draws upon the: 1) confluence of cultures and waters; 2) river’s ecological diversity; 3) processes of fluvial geomorphology; 4) built environment over time (Indian gathering places, missions, industrial landscape, and acequias); 5) human struggles with natural processes (flooding and drought) and the river’s power to give and destroy life; and 6) cultural and natural sanctuaries along the river. The art master plan aims to establish a creative vision for 14 miles of the San Antonio River—its habitats, natural processes, infrastructure, pathways, outdoor rooms, and aesthetic elements—with a series of unexpected and changing experiences. Conceived as a system of currents and eddies, artworks enrich the journey along an aesthetically cohesive river pathway linking historic, natural, cultural and recreational features. The plan includes conceptual designs for two major public art projects conceived as theaters that address the history and culture of this unique watershed.