Workday At The TPaRbor Set For December 6
TPR listeners, roll up your sleeves and join us as we work with the San Antonio River Authority to restore a section of the river into a quality natural riparian woodland ecosystem. We're calling this 3.4-acre stretch of natural area on the southeast corner of the Theo Avenue bridge the TPaRbor.
We need your help on December 6 from 8:00 a.m. to noon to assist in the planting of trees, shrubs and native grasses and wildflowers. The work day will result in expanded and improved habitat conditions and connections to the San Antonio River ecosystem.
Because of space limitations, we must limit this volunteer workday to individuals and families -- no groups or troops, please. You must be 10 years old or older to participate. To sign up for a volunteer slot, please follow this link. Coffee, water, and light refreshments will be available on site.
When completed, this site will feature a beautiful faux bois piece by local artist Carlos Cortes, whose techniques replicate the beauty of wood with concrete. This covered bench will mark the entry into the natural area, and is given as a gift from the Cortes family to the citizens of San Antonio.
About Carlos Cortes:
Carlos Cortes is a third generation "faux bois" concrete artisan carrying on a family tradition that has its Texas roots in San Antonio, circa 1924. Carlos' great-uncle Dionisio Rodriguez brought this European form of sculpting to the U.S. from Mexico City and taught it to Carlos' father, Maximo Cortes. Carlos designs and builds unique "faux bois" concrete sculptures that fit the smaller garden setting or larger public art installations for the urban landscape. You have certainly seen this work around town—the bus stop on Broadway at Patterson, the Witte Museum HEB Science Tree house, and his most recent work, the Riverwalk Extension’s River Grotto.