After leaving the VFW, we meandered around to the Jones Street bridge.
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.
After Jones St. Bridge, we headed up the walk toward the San Antonio Museum of Art.
With the Museum of Art on our left, this beautiful water feature was on our right.
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.
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.
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.
Part of the ‘grotto complex’ is this huge, beautiful bench with the sea shell in wall behind.
We wound around and up to the street level and got a pretty good view from above.
And if you were brave enough to enter…
…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.
Just a couple more. Here’s a picture of the spire at the top of the grotto,
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.
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.