Extra fake bois at San Antonio River Stroll and Witte Museum

June 14, 2024

I went on a pretend bois safari in San Antonio in April, looking down all of the fake bois — domestically often called trabajo rústico — that I may discover in in the future. And I discovered a LOT. Take a look at my fake bois submit right here.

However there’s much more to see within the Alamo Metropolis than can match into in the future. So per week later, I gassed up the automotive, talked my husband and daughter into becoming a member of me, and made one other day journey to San Antonio. In full vacationer mode, we arrived on the River Stroll and took a leisurely stroll up and down the romantic canal that runs via the previous a part of town.

I discovered a number of benches of trabajo rústico alongside the best way, crafted by Carlos Cortés. Made in reasonable imitation of wooden, they’re sculpted from concrete.

Carlos additionally created this tree-like arbor alongside the River Stroll.

We discovered different public artwork alongside the River Stroll too, together with Donald Lipski’s faculty of sunfish “swimming” beneath a bridge. These mild up at evening, and I want we’d been in a position to time our go to to see them illuminated.

Beneath one other bridge, I noticed this tile mosaic of San Antonio’s skyline, full with the Alamo and Tower of the Americas.

We stopped for a scrumptious lunch with cocktails on the riverside patio at Domingo. Extremely advocate.

The Alamo

Nonetheless in vacationer mode, we swung by the Alamo for a tour and stated hi there to Davy Crockett, who died defending it from the Mexican military in 1836.

The Alamo’s weathered limestone facade

The Witte Museum

Subsequent we headed to the Pearl, however I’ll save that for an additional submit. Our final cease of the day was the Witte Museum, which we loved taking our children to after they had been younger. I hadn’t been again for the reason that Witte’s intensive renovation was accomplished in 2017.

After touring the pure historical past reveals, we explored the grounds, the place I noticed fake bois gateposts that mimic a pair of weathered tree trunks. A yucca sprouts from the highest of 1.

An indication explains that the gateposts had been sculpted in 1930 by Dionicio Rodriguez and Theodore Voss for Elvira Pizzini Guerra. They had been ultimately donated to town by her household.

Within the kids’s journey space of the Witte, a curved fake bois bench was crafted by Carlos Cortés…

…as was a wonderful treehouse which you can climb up into.

Explora! urges a carved check in Spanish. We did.

Lifelike tree bark sculpted from concrete

An actual-life tree, a bald cypress, grows via the middle of fake bois stairs.

Climbing up…

…to the highest, the place my household was having fun with the view.

Fiesta robes

Fiesta, a multi-day celebration of San Antonio heritage and tradition, was kicking off that week. (We missed all of the festivities, sadly. At some point I need to expertise what this annual occasion is all about.) In tribute, the Witte opened an exhibition of robes and trains worn by Fiesta royalty (like at Mardi Gras? I don’t know), which runs via September 29, 2024.

The Witte’s robe theme is “Fiesta Appears to be like to the Skies,” a nod to the full eclipse that occurred in April:

“This exhibition celebrates our timeless fascination with the heavens, showcasing the beautiful craftsmanship and celestial themes woven into every regal garment. From the 1920 blue-green sequined Queen of the Court docket of Birds robe to the fireworks and skyrockets on the prepare of the 1965 Duchess of Fiery Festivals, you’ll be transported to the heavens as you admire the artistry and craftsmanship in these beautiful artworks.”


This prepare with flowering agaves and prickly pears was my favourite, naturally.

They had been all superb. I can’t think about how heavy these velvet and sequined costumes could be to put on.

Artwork Deco swirls

Clouds with moon and stars

Guys get in on the costume motion too.

A flapper-style robe with peacock-tail prepare

For those who haven’t been, I extremely advocate a go to to the Witte. Brackenridge Park is true subsequent door with loads extra to see, together with some fake bois items, plus the zoo and the Japanese Tea Backyard.

Up subsequent: Landscaping on the Pearl, a historic brewery advanced in San Antonio, and exquisite Lodge Emma.

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