Public art sculptures called "Sotol Duet."Photo courtesy of the City of San Antonio.
The public art sculpture, Sotol Duet, at Panther Springs Park. Credit: Courtesy / City of San Antonio

Editor’s Note: Artist Jon Isherwood was commissioned by Public Art San Antonio (PASA), a division of the City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture & Creative Development, to create an original piece of public art for the 2012-2017 Bond Panther Springs Park Project. Panther Springs Park is a 289-acre tract of undeveloped park land with three miles of paved walking trails located in the Stone Oak/Wilderness Oak area in North Central San Antonio. The following is Isherwood’s description of his new work.

Marking the trail entrance and greeting visitors at Panther Springs Park are two newly-installed public art sculptures I created, called “Sotol Duet.”

After my initial visit to San Antonio, my sense was that Panther Springs Park will function as a place to walk, exercise, and relax. It offers its users an opportunity to return to nature – to absorb the beauty of the natural environment.

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For this piece, I took my inspiration from the natural environment that I found during my visits, specifically the sotol plant that can be found throughout the park. “Sotol Duet” is a two-part sculpture made of granite – one red and one black.

The red granite sculpture sits seven feet high resembling the sotol plant above ground, while the black granite sculpture, at 4.25 feet, is inspired by the root of the sotol plant below ground. The red granite sculpture is representational in form with the overlapping layers from top to bottom, while the black granite sculpture has an organic feel with gentle folds.

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My intention for the sculptures is to provide a place for reflection, consideration and inspiration.

I invite the entire San Antonio community to visit the artwork at the Panther Springs Park Trail Head, located on Wilderness Oaks Dr.

For more information about this installation or Public Art San Antonio, visit

*Featured/top image: The Public art sculptures at Panther Springs Park called “Sotol Duet.” Photo courtesy of the City of San Antonio.

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Jon Isherwood

Jon Isherwood is an artist based out of New York. He is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of New...