Photo Gallery: ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan

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The ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

The ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

Belgian Artist Arne Quinze was in town last week to oversee the installation of his eight-part metal sculpture, "Whisper." The sculpture is the second of four Mission "portals" to be installed.

"Whisper," which sits between the San Antonio River and Mission San Juan, acts as a portal between the two. The San Antonio River Foundation, as the nonprofit partner to the San Antonio River Authority, is providing funding and curation for each Mission’s public art portal. The River Foundation unveiled the sculptures to the public on Wednesday.

When Quinze visited San Antonio months ago, he was drawn to the wildflowers – their vibrant colors, and clustered growth patterns. “Whisper,” his first installation in the U.S., is composed of eight metal statues that stand together like wildflowers. On one side they are painted with a mix of color, and on the other side the metal is left untouched, and the texture resembles tree bark.

The back side of the ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

The back side of the ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

A worker drives by the ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

A worker drives by the ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

The ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

The ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

The ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

The ‘Whisper’ Portal at Mission San Juan. Photo by Scott Ball.

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