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Convention Center's "Mustangs" Looking For A New Home

If you've seen the five horses caught in mid-gallop on the east wall of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, you may be wondering where they have run off to.

The bad news: The east end of the convention center has been demolished, and Mustangs at Noon, the art piece that created the striking image, is gone. The good news: It's probably coming back. Somewhere, at some point.

“We had them professionally removed very carefully," said Public Art San Antonio Manager Jimmy LeFlor. "They’ve been set aside from all the demolition so they’re protected."

LeFlor said he thinks they will be able to find another location.

"We want to keep them a part of the public art collection here," he said.

“I just hope that they’ll put it back someplace,” said Mac Adams, the artist who created Mustangs at Noon back in 1999.

The mustangs are made of five pieces of steel, hung horizontally, each with a horse shape cut out of them. Midday sun shining through them casts shadow on the limestone walls, revealing the five mustangs.

"It was a real challenge because the scale of it was so big," Adams said.

"We don’t all have to be experts on art to know when something works, and that works!" I commented to him.

"Yeah, it does work!" Adams replied. "And it’s so simple. But simple is hard. Complicated is easy!"

I’ll keep you posted when we know more about the mustangs' new home.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii