Unity Plaza

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SAN ANTONIO, TX—JEFRË (Jefre Figueras Manuel), an internationally recognized public artist and landscape architect, has completed Unity Plaza, the largest public art project in San Antonio. The principle vision behind Unity Plaza was to represent the historic uniting of two oldest public safety departments in Texas, San Antonio Police Department and San Antonio Fire Department, under one central headquarters facility.
“With this bold public art project, we are honoring our brave emergency responders with a visible landmark that is both inspiring and accessible to the public.”--said Mayor Julián Castro.

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Time Lapse

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Time lapse imagery photographed in Austin, San Antonio, and San Francisco over the course of 6 months.

Roughly 3,500 photographs were shot and used for this project.

Alamo Cenotaph

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The Alamo Cenotaph, created by sculptor Pompeo Coppini in 1936. Also known as the Spirit of Sacrifice, is a monument built in celebration of the centenary of the battle, and bears the names of all who are known to have fought there on the Texas side. It is located across the street from the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

I was commissioned to develop and create one minute video pieces that showcased selected art pieces downtown San Antonio, TX. The intention behind the creative process for me was to convey the experience of the environment that surrounds the artwork.

We are surrounded by this amazing art everyday, either on our way to and from work, driving through town, or visiting the city for the very first time. I wanted to engage the viewer and allow them to experience the art as intended by the artist.

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Torch of Friendship

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The “Torch of Friendship”, created by artist Sebastian in 2002. The sculpture was given to San Antonio by the Mexican Consulate as a sign of friendship and to represent the roots many Texans share with Mexico. It was commissioned to commemorate the relationship between the United States and Mexico and the two countries’ increasing commercial ties.

I was commissioned to develop and create one minute video pieces that showcased selected art pieces downtown San Antonio, TX. The intention behind the creative process for me was to convey the experience of the environment that surrounds the artwork.

We are surrounded by this amazing art everyday, either on our way to and from work, driving through town, or visiting the city for the very first time. I wanted to engage the viewer and allow them to experience the art as intended by the artist.

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Pole Fitness

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A friend of mine mentioned that she was taking a pole fitness class. At first, I thought this could be a great editorial photography project, but after meeting her instructor, I decided that this would make a better short documentary.

I'm not sure how many people realize just how difficult it is to even stay on the pole, much less execute the routines that I witnessed in the studio.

After speaking with Jennifer about her workout routine and class structure, I had a few questions that I thought could help differentiate the public's perception of pole fitness. It was clear that her passion and enthusiasm was not only focused on herself, but for her class and the students involved as well.

Niwot Mosaic

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This is an informational documentary showcasing the work of fifth-grade students from Niwot Elementary School.

The students from Ms. Stone's classes constructed a mosaic, inspired by the artist Gaudi, on their school grounds. The project helped Ms. Stone to encourage similar art projects to be considered and funded for future art class projects in the school district.

Iron Pour

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Iron Pour was sponsored by New Mexico Highlands University and Colorado University-Denver to facilitate additional grant funding for future metal pours and workshops.

This film showcases the creative process of the sculptors and the work involved throughout the scope of an iron pour, their passion for iron casting in the pursuit of art. The video was used to help obtain additional grant funding for future metal pours and workshops.