Extra fake bois at San Antonio River Stroll and Witte Museum


June 14, 2024

I went on a fake bois safari in San Antonio in April, looking down all of the fake bois — domestically often known as trabajo rústico — that I may discover in in the future. And I discovered a LOT. Try my fake bois put up 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mode, we arrived on the River Stroll and took a leisurely stroll up and down the romantic canal that runs by way of the outdated a part of the town.

I discovered a couple of benches of trabajo rústico alongside the best way, crafted by Carlos Cortés. Made in sensible 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” below a bridge. These mild up at night time, and I want we’d been in a position to time our go to to see them illuminated.

Underneath 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 mentioned howdy 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 put up. Our final cease of the day was the Witte Museum, which we loved taking our youngsters to after they have been younger. I hadn’t been again because the 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 have been sculpted in 1930 by Dionicio Rodriguez and Theodore Voss for Elvira Pizzini Guerra. They have been ultimately donated to the town by her household.

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

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

Explora! urges a carved sign up Spanish. We did.

Lifelike tree bark sculpted from concrete

An actual-life tree, a bald cypress, grows by way of 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. In the future 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 do not know), which runs by way of September 29, 2024.

The Witte’s robe theme is “Fiesta Appears to the Skies,” a nod to the whole 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 gorgeous artistic endeavors.”


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

They have been all wonderful. I can’t think about how heavy these velvet and sequined costumes can 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

When you haven’t been, I extremely advocate a go to to the Witte. Brackenridge Park is correct 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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