Much has changed

I returned to the world of full-time employment — same place with some changes and back to working only a block and a half from The Alamo.

Across the street from the Alamo is one of the main walkways that takes people to the River Walk. Locals generally avoid the heavily congested commercial area on the River Walk.

In my prior employment, a couple of us would get exercise by taking walks on the River (much cooler and more interesting than street level). But we’d have to deal with the crowds until we would get out of the retail area. Trying to keep up the pace and move around much slower people could be treacherous. Very little of the walk way has railing and people have fallen in. (It’s not very deep.)

Now there is the $72 million “Museum Reach” added on to River Walk. It’s closer to work and extends to Mission Espada. It’s also closer to the office.

IMAG0058A walk down to the River Walk. This is the non commercial area and a part of the “Museum Reach” project.

IMAG0059Notice NO railing. This location has a concrete “penninsula.” The gap is big enough for one of the river barges to go through.

IMAG0060I’m not sure why the manmade “penninsula” is there, but as you can see there is a mosaic artwork at the other end. The renovation included ecological controls and art installations.

IMAG0061You can get an idea of the relationship of the Walk to the rest of the city. See the bridge and the wavy line of the bridge railing? One of the art installations.

IMAG0062A little better look at that installation. You can see the repeated railing on the other side of the road.

IMAG0064We continued past the wavy line railing and right beyond that is  the lock. In front is one of the barges that travel the river. The barges are used to give guided tours, as decorated “floats” for the various river parades, and dinner tours.

We cross over the lock bridge and went up to street level.

IMAG0068The wavy line of hands is call Bridge of Encounters or Puente de Encuentros. The artist Rolando Briseño said the hands represent the waving of hands between the barge riders and the river walkers. It resemble papel picado, the Mexican cut-paper art form, but the artist said in an article, he was thinking more of lace gloves. This and another installation of the artist’s were designed to cast interesting shadows reflecting the river or the activity surrounding it.

I love the way it casts such a distinctive shadow. Every day I drive by, I thought how I wanted a photo of the shadows. It took a walk to do it.

Enjoy your week.

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