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The Riverwalk Expansion Tour – part 2

Friday, May 29th, 2009

After leaving the VFW, we meandered around to the Jones Street bridge.
Approaching Jones Ave

The art exhibit here was auditory. There were speakers placed under the bridge and these guys were working on the setup. The guy with white hair in all black is the artist. We actually got to hear it being tested on the walk back. Pretty neat stuff.
Jones Ave Audio

After Jones St. Bridge, we headed up the walk toward the San Antonio Museum of Art.
After Jones Ave

With the Museum of Art on our left, this beautiful water feature was on our right.
Water Feature

We were told that, not only were all the water features we were seeing put there for beauty, the also help put oxygen back in the water to help sustain the wild life.

Just past the water feature was the Gloria Galt River Landing of the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Museum of Art Landing

As we moved past the Museum of Art, we passed under Interstate 35, and, of course, another art exhibit. This time it was a school of large panfish suspended over the river.

When the wind blows, the fish will look like they are swimming. Whether John Navarrete here will swim when the wind blows also, has yet to be determined.
John and the Fish

We were also told about a colony of bats that lives just past the fish under the bridge. As dusk approaches, they emerge and fly out for food. It is said to be quite the sight.

The final show piece of our tour was the grotto.
The Grotto

Part of the ‘grotto complex’ is this huge, beautiful bench with the sea shell in wall behind.
Seashell Bench

We wound around and up to the street level and got a pretty good view from above.
Grotto close to entrance

And if you were brave enough to enter…
Old man at the top of the stairs

…you could follow the stairs into the grotto. Although it wasn’t turned on while we were there, there is going to be a waterfall that drops from the roof to the pool in the lower part of the picture.
Inside the grotto

Just a couple more. Here’s a picture of the spire at the top of the grotto,
Grotto spire

I have been trying to shoot moving water lately so when we arrived back at the lock station and I saw the spill way was lit, I couldn’t resist giving it a shot.
Water at the lock

All in all, I had a complete blast. I think San Antonio is really putting it’s best foot forward with this project. A couple of things to note, there won’t be any restaurants or hotels on this part of the Riverwalk making it a much more peaceful, quiet walk than the main walk. Also, the grand opening of the Expansion Project will be on Saturday morning with dedications, speeches and free barge rides. Should be a great, great experience.

The Riverwalk Expansion Tour – Part 1

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Last night I had the pleasure of getting an early tour of the new Riverwalk expansion project.  As of this morning,  I have only had time to edit a few photos, but there will be even more forthcoming.

We started the tour with out tourguide, Steve Shower at the Brooklyn Ave Bridge.  While we only walked about a mile, the new expansion project covers 1.33 miles and stretches from Lexington Ave to Josephine.

Brooklyn Ave Sign

At Brooklyn, is the lock and dam where the barges can change heights. They also had a really cool pavillion. The floor of the pavillion has a great mosaic of a compass which they removed the cardboard from for just a sec. Unfortunately, by the time I got in position and could see through the crowd, they had recovered it. Consequently, since I couldn’t shoot down at the mosiac, I looked up and took this through the roof.
Up through the roof

Each underpass on the walk had a different art project. This one has glow in the dark paint in the ceiling, along with mirrors (The mirrors are where the orange is.
Glow in the dark

I’m not sure the red life saver was part of the exhibit, but it kinda fit in.

Next, we passed the Sam Houston VFW post where we were greeted with bottle clinking by all.
VFW Green Table


VFW Folks

Close to the VFW post, was this neat little pond right in the middle of the Riverwalk.
Center Pond

That’s all I have for now, but I will be editing and posting some more tonight. Stay tuned!

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