Seeing San Fernando Cathedral in a new light….

So easy to be lazy about something when you know you have ten years to see it. Plus, I must confess, I feared Xavier de Richemont’s San Antonio Saga might be a sanitized, preachy-teachy version of San Antonio’s history.

But the painterly projections of the Algerian-born Frenchman are accompanied by music as they sweep masterfully across the façade of San Fernando Cathedral. The massive kaleidoscopic collages quiet the crowd, mesmerized by the colorful images dominating Main Plaza.

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The Main Plaza Conservancy has made a major contribution to the downtown landscape with this installation, and the Archdiocese of San Antonio is wonderful to offer the Cathedral as a canvas for the light show four nights a week. A video is not the same as being there, but hopefully will convince you to drag everyone you know downtown for the admission-free show.

3 thoughts on “Seeing San Fernando Cathedral in a new light….”

  1. oh, god, you, too? It perpetuates the myth of the Alamo, which as really all about slavery, is historically inaccurate at best with regard to the architectural and cultural history of SA, and celebrates oil and gas, the greatest climate change deniers of all time. Seductively beautiful, I’ll give it that, but that’s the point after all since they can’t deal with truth.


  2. Kellen – I was totally seduced by the artistry, but did not find the storyline thought-provoking. If I re-watched the video and analyzed each section, I probably would agree with most of your comments. However, I certainly don’t expect a visiting French artist interpreting our city’s icons to right all of our Texas textbook wrongs in one 20-minute piece. The saga is light nighttime entertainment, figurative fireworks, far from reality, not a history lesson and not a morality play. The crowd seems to simply enjoy the brilliant visuals, the flashing appearances of familiar landmarks. I’ve devoted many words to attempting to comprehend a city centering its identity on a battle lost, while whitewashing the bloody vengeance wrought on the fields of San Jacinto. In this case, I’m not willing to ruin the artwork by digging too deeply. I’m just going to stand back and let the colors wash over me. Calorie-free eye-candy dessert after dinner downtown.


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