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San Antonio | the Saga

Cathedral is brilliant canvas for art installation
Written by , published November 25, 2014


San Antonio's San Fernando Cathedral, built between 1738-55, is one of the olderst operating sanctuaries in North America. It's nestled on Main Plaza, one of only four colonial plazas left in the United States, and the only one with a cathedral. That, in itself, makes it special, but on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, this cathedral becomes a canvas, and the brilliant light of a visual and musucal art installation tells the story of Texas.

The free, 24-minute presentation can be viewed Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in San Antionio's Main Plaza.

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Main Plaza is one of only four colonial plazas left in the United States, and the only one with a cathedral. The cathedral-turned-canvas, was built between 1738-55 and is the oldest operating sanctuary in North America.

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Renowned French artist Xavier de Richemont's “San Antonio | The Saga” lights up the magnificent façade of San Fernando Cathedral using 7,000-square-foot projection, custom choreographed music in surround sound and a narrative of San Antonio's history and development. 

“This is more astonishing than I imagined,” says Marise McDermott, President & CEO Witte Museum. “To change the tenor, shape and reality of the façade is amazing. To challenge the understanding of an iconic cathedral into a universe of art is breathtaking.”

With public installations in France, Germany, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, Canada, this is de Richemont’s first outdoor video art installation in the United States. 

“San Antonio | The Saga,” is going to command attention and welcome the world to visit and experience a historic San Antonio destination, Main Plaza,” says Main Plaza Conservancy Executive Director Jane Pauley.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, with offerings of blessings and support, says, “We are very enthusiastic about our involvement in this project with the Main Plaza Conservancy."

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