It’s no secret that San Antonio is home to many incredible art installations of different mediums, styles, and practices. Just recently, the city has gained a new impressive installation — one that honors its vast history of indigenous culture.
Funded by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Public Art Division, this project has been planted in Comanche Lookout Park, one of San Antonio’s most gorgeous public spaces. Located in the Northeastern part, this park spans nearly 100 acres and overlooks the city.
Its stunning views of San Antonio’s modern creations are what gave Comanche Lookout Park its name. With that being said, this dazzling destination also pays homage to the rich nature surrounding the city.
“Najo Jām” is the name of its new art installation, which is Pajalate for “Our Home.” Pajalate is the native language of the Coahuiltecan tribe, which has had roots in this area for tens of thousands of years. Carlos Cortés and Doroteo Garza are the creatives behind the public art project, both of which are local to San Antonio. The two artists are committed to carrying on the artistic traditions of the area’s indigenous tribes and reverence for nature.
Of these traditions used is “Trabajo Rustico” — a method of making in which artists mimic stone and wood with the use of concrete. Also woven throughout these works are symbols of ancient folklore that have been passed down for generations. These are just a couple of ways in which Cortés and Garza are bringing past practices into this modern-day monument.
In short, “Najo Jām” is not only a celebration of local art but also San Antonio’s rich history of indigenous heritage and appreciation for nature.
Treat yourself to a day trip or relaxing afternoon at Comanche Lookout Park. You can take a hike, view this exciting new art installation, and experience the healing powers of nature all in one visit. For more inspiration on where to take in nature around San Antonio, view this article about San Antonio’s best hiking spots.