Pealing bells from the first mission awaken Hedda from a deep sleep. The discordant clangs are unlike the melodic chimes from the bell towers downtown.
Dr. Herff claims the bells of St. Mark’s on Travis Park were forged from cannon used in the Battle of the Alamo. If only Kaiser Wilhelm would assign such a peaceful purpose to his arsenal.
Like roosters at the crack of dawn, these mission bells call people to worship early. Every Sunday.
She loves Sundays. Sundays are hers. Unlike the rest of the week, she is not confined at home on the off-chance Otto might find an opportunity to escape his increasingly abundant business, social or family obligations. Lately, she does not hear from him for days. Yet he remains adamant she not work.
From a distance they resemble chubby bunnies playing ring around the rosie around the Confederate Monument in Travis Park, but their messages of peace and love from San Antonio’s sister city of Monterrey, Mexico, become quickly evident. Peaceful valentines from a country pleading for peace.
We had just walked by the bell of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the bell Sam Maverick supposedly forged from a cannon used during the Battle of the Alamo. Coming up to the cannon “guarding” the monument in Travis Park, we found the board announcing the peaceful exchange of art leaning against it. The statue memorializing the Confederate dead temporarily is framed by 30 peace signs as interpreted by emerging artists from Mexico.
Mano Factura: Arte Regio remains on display until March 5.