The opening night of "The Saga" video art installation on San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza. Photo by Iris Dimmick.
The SAGA light display that tells the story of San Antonio will be projected onto the facade of San Fernando Cathedral at the end of the "Day of Reflection," the first day of Commemorative Week. Credit: Iris Dimmick / San Antonio Report

Main Plaza was packed at 8:30 p.m. friday night for the premiere of “The Saga” video installation. Anticipation hung in the air as more than 100 people listened to city and church officials praise the work of French artist Xavier de Richemont and Main Plaza Conservancy organizers before the big unveil.

Do not worry if you missed it last night, you have 10 years to catch it. The MPC plans on hosting “The Saga” several nights a week – including Saturday and Sunday night. (Perhaps right after Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals.)

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, MPC Board Chairman William Scanlan, Fr. David Garcia, and Fr. Larry Christian introduced Richemont to the crowd.

“I hope it’s going to work,” he said with a thick French accent. “This is the work I’m signing, but this is the work of a lot of people … Remember this night. Never look at this cathedral (the same way) again because I’m trying to make her talk to us.”

The audience was hushed from the first crack of thunder that played on the accompanying soundtrack and quickly whisked away to the beginning of time. Richemont’s work starts with simple, light creation and works its way to chaotic representations of current events.

Read more: The Saga: Visual Feast at San Fernando Cathedral.

Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick covers public policy pertaining to social issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic disparity to policing reform and mental health. She was the San Antonio Report's...