"Grotto Theater"

For centuries, the Balcones landscape has been fractured by seismic activity along a fault and carved by waters coursing through subterranean channels. The Balcones Escarpment gives rise to the Texas Spring Line that funds the rivers of south Texas. As a result, San Antonio has long functioned as critical oases to both travelers and settlers. "Grotto Theater" references the Balcones Escarpment and the subterranean world of caves and flowing water in the Edwards Aquifer. It also echoes the River Walk’s materials and high level of craft. 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.