The City of San Marcos recently installed artist-designed banners throughout downtown as part of a placemaking initiative led by the Main Street Program.
“Placemaking means creating spaces where people want to spend time,” explained Downtown Coordinator Josie Falletta. “We are excited to highlight a local artist’s work and we hope the banners bring smiles to the faces of residents and visitors alike.”
Rene Perez, a local artist, created artwork for the banners. There are four designs in total, all of which feature scenery and icons unique to San Marcos: Kissing Alley, the San Marcos River, the rattlesnake and the bobcat.
The banner project was completed with help from the City’s Capital Improvements and Engineering Department, the Convention and Visitor Bureau, and the Public Services Transportation Division.
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About the Artist:
Rene Perez is a self-taught artist based in San Marcos, TX. His work can be seen across the city, from paintings hung in local restaurants to murals small and large. More information about his art can be found at https://www.jreneperez.com/.
About the San Marcos Main Street Program:
San Marcos was designated in 1986 as an official Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and remains one of the oldest Main Street programs in the state. The vision of the San Marcos Main Street Program is to foster a downtown that is a unique and culturally vibrant destination, where local businesses thrive and people of all ages can connect, create and celebrate.