Artist Oscar Alvarado. Photo by Al Rendon.
Artist Oscar Alvarado creates public art with mosaic tile, steel and concrete. Photo by Al Rendon.

Words by Oscar Alvarado:

Public art that is created should reflect the community that it is created in. It should add to the daily experience of those who go by it. It should create a sense of place for tourists, those who come to visit so they say, “oh, that’s uniquely San Antonio.” Public art plays that role. The closer we are to the center of town, the closer our public art should reflect our historic and cultural origins.

Al Rendon
Al Rendon

Al Rendon is San Antonio’s photographer. He has spent a lifetime documenting our iconic places and unique culture. You can see more of his work at

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Al Rendon

Al Rendon is San Antonio's photographer. From landmarks to community leaders, Al has photographed the face and heart of San Antonio.