Installation At San Antonio Convention Center Tells ‘The Story of Civilization’

Artist Gary Sweeney rebuilt a piece he first created 14 years ago.

By Jack MorganFebruary 13, 2018 11:06 am| , , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

A massive piece of art hangs at the recently re-built Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

But while the piece is new to the center, technically, it isn’t new at all. San Antonio artist Gary Sweeney first created the piece 14 years ago and titled it, “The Story of Civilization.” The entire piece is built from old, cut up, weathered signs.

“I started using signs probably 20 years ago, and the first signs I used was political signs because they were free,” he said. “I was a starving artist. So after an election I would drive around and collect all these political signs and chop them up and make these, what people call ransom notes.

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