New coffee table book traces a tapestry of public art in San Antonio

Lifelong San Antonio residents might think they’ve seen all the public art the city has to offer. But a recent transplant might wonder at the towering metal sculpture in the middle of downtown, or burgeoning murals beckoning at nearly every turn.

An informative, sumptuously illustrated new coffee table book by two local residents promises surprises for everyone. In 300 pages, Arte del Pueblo: The Outdoor Public Art of San Antonio by photographer Frederick Preston and poet Carmen Tafolla presents a rich tapestry of public artworks by 190 artists stationed throughout the city.

While most of the artworks studiously depicted by Preston are readily accessible, some no longer exist. His images stand as testaments to the fragile nature of outdoor artworks, Preston said.

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