Friday, March 18, 2011

Outdoor art in San Angelo

Any tour of San Angelo is not complete unless one wanders down the back alleys of the town. We did a walking tour, but it is a drive-through art gallery also.The above picture is the first of the Art Opens Doors Alley which features 17 doors painted by local artists.
Paintbrush Alley includes 18 windows and numerous murals, done by 30 local artists and volunteers. It was completed in the summer of 2005. I believe that it was in this section where we saw this comment (pictured below) about rear alley art.
Our walking tour of the town also took us by the Fine Arts Museum.That building was constructed in the shape of a covered wagon. We completed our tour of the town back on the river walk, after first crossing over the river via Celebration Bridge.  The sculpture Pearl of the Conchos is located near the bridge.The mermaid is holding a mussel which contains one of the prized purple pearls.
Mother nature put on an outdoor show for us last night. We had learned that bats hang out under a highway overpass just outside of town. We drove out there at twilight last evening and watched as they made their evening flight out to forage for food. That was amazing to see those little animals fluttering out, they looked like birds at first  but once I saw them silhouetted against the darkening sky, I had no doubt they were bats.

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