Art in Progress

San Marcos is continually growing into a vibrant and diverse arts and cultural scene. Here is an overview of what's happening right now in our city and what's to come in 2019.

Mermaid March

This project was funded by the San Marcos Arts Commission in 2017 to create a walk-able path of art enhancing tourism in the downtown area of San Marcos. 10 Mermaid Statues were hand painted by local artists and were placed throughout the downtown area in 2018.

Big Wavy: Texas wild-rice sculpture

Christopher Lattanzio from Dallas, Texas was selected among artists throughout the country to create a sculpture celebrating Texas wild-rice, an endangered plant species found only in the San Marcos River. His sculpture, "Big Wavy," is being installed near the San Marcos River and will be dedicated early in 2019.

Public Art Sculpture - Texas Blind Salamander

The Arts Commission completed a nation-wide call for artists to design a kinetic Texas Blind Salamander sculpture.  They also completed a Texas-wide call for artists to design a Texas Wild Rice Sculpture.  The goals for these designs are to create sculpture that beautifies San Marcos, promotes tourism, and highlights endangered species existing solely in the San Marcos River.

The final Texas Kinetic Blind Salamander Sculpture will be placed in the City’s sculpture garden located in front of the San Marcos Activity Center.  The top two designs were created by artists Robertus Van der Wege from Dallas, Texas and John King from Riverhouse Studios in Lyons, Colorado.

The artists were chosen to present their detailed proposals and to-scale maquettes for public discussion. The models were on display at the San Marcos Activity Center on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, and the public had a chance to meet the artists and discuss their designs. The call to artist was posted in multiple sites including on our main Call to Artist page.