Labyrinth Gateway  2003

Public Art

University of Texas, San Antonio

Located on the southwest corner of the University of Texas, San Antonio Downtown Campus.  “Labyrinth Gateway” is a suspended sculpture hanging from cables mounted to pylons surrounding

a small courtyard.  The labyrinth represents a metaphor in writings of Tomás Rivera, revered teacher and administrator of UTSA.  During the day, the labyrinth projects its shadow downwards onto the floor of the courtyard, allowing the University community to participate in the path of the labyrinth or simply pass through the undulating patterns of light and shadow.


Surrounding the courtyard are two large granite benches.  On these benches are quotations by Tomás Rivera:


“The labyrinth that is literature provides a setting where differences disappear and one gains an insight into the human condition--our human condition.”  Tomás Rivera 1971


“In essence, is it not life in search of form--a conquest, a labyrinth in which to reflect this human condition?”   Tomás Rivera 1971

Site details and planning with RVK, San Antonio, Texas.
Site details and planning with RVK, San Antonio, Texas.
Labyrinth is 20’ in diameter. Construction is Aluminum.
Labyrinth is 20’ in diameter. Construction is Aluminum.
View of plaza from the street.
View of plaza from the street.
Labyrinth appears to float in midair
Labyrinth appears to float in midair
Shadow of Labyrinth is large enough to walk through
Shadow of Labyrinth is large enough to walk through
Benches have Rivera quotes engraved.
Benches have Rivera quotes engraved.
2007: plantings are mature
2007: plantings are mature
2007: plantings are mature
2007: plantings are mature
2007 View from adjacent building
2007 View from adjacent building
The gateway has become the symbol for The Culture and Policy Institute
The gateway has become the symbol for The Culture and Policy Institute
Day and night renderings
Day and night renderings
Gateway Illustration
Gateway Illustration