One hundred years ago, Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, a prominent physician who came to San Antonio during the Mexican Revolution, began creating his garden, Miraflores, near the headwaters of the San Antonio River. Over the next several decades he fashioned a landscape of winding paths, fountains and pools, sculpture and plants. Today the gates are locked, and the land is fragile.
Behind the wrought iron fence and gate of colorful ceramic tile murals, the remaining objects—tile benches in ruins, a full-size replica of the Winged Victory, a small cottage in disrepair, a bronze statue in a round pool, and curious faux bois sculptures—merely hint at Urrutia’s intentions. This symposium examines the complex history of Miraflores and its status in 21st-century San Antonio. Lectures on the garden's historical, cultural, and archeological significance, its place in Urrutia family history, and its meanings in landscape architecture will be followed by a panel discussion that considers possible futures for the site.
Kathryn E. O'Rourke, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Trinity University
Hosted by Trinity University Press and the Department of Art and Art History, Trinity University
Saturday, September 18 at 8:30am to 12:00pm
San Antonio Botanical Gardens 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209