Get Inspired by Visual Art
When you’re making your travel plans to Corpus Christi, there is no doubt that you’re going to remember to pack a swim suit or grab a pass to the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay or Texas State Aquarium. But if you and your family are looking for some arts and culture, remember that Corpus Christi has some great spots that will bring out the art lover in you!
With almost 100 artworks to see, the City of Corpus Christi’s permanent art collection (many of them located in the downtown area), it’s easy and fun to take an art tour. And the BEST way to do it is taking a tour on a Segway. The City of Corpus Christi's Arts and Culture Commission has an easy map with detailed information on where you can find these impressive and massive dedications that make Corpus Christi even more beautiful - and artful!
Here are just a few samples of where you can find pieces of art by some world-renowned artists:
Queen of the Sea by Pompeo Coppini
Located at La Retama Park, 600 block of Lower Broadway Street
This sculpture along the balustrade separating downtown Corpus Christi from the downtown business district is the oldest piece of public art in the city of Corpus Christi. Completed and installed in 1918, it was part of the City Beautiful Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The bas-relief depicted the classically dressed figures of Father Neptune and Mother Earth crowning a beautiful, youthful maiden that represents the City of Corpus Christi.
Untitled History by Mel Chin
Located at American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Boulevard
These five sculptures are scattered throughout the American Bank Center to encourage the visitor to randomly discover the art - and their respective histories - while exploring the facility. Mel Chin states that a humane future is dependent on a critical understanding of and empathy for its histories lost and destroyed. With that in mind, he created Untitled History, which depicts heritage of Corpus Christi. The dress is a reference to the Irish immigrants who settled the area; the male waist refers to a famous African American cowboy from Texas. The gauntlet reflects the influence of the early Spanish explorers to the area and the hard hat denotes the importance that the energy industry plays in Corpus Christi’s economic development. Finally, the dog at the master’s feet is an homage to the indigenous Karanakawa Indians - who were known for raising and domesticating dogs.
Wind Dancer by W.H. Tatum, Jr.
Located at Oleander Point at the 2900 block of Shoreline Blvd.
Wind Dancer recognizes the powerful force of wind in Corpus Christi. W.H. Tatum’s vision is perfectly emulated in this sculpture that shows a woman in the waves, looking back over the azure waters of the Corpus Christi Bay, She looks back as if to say, “Come dance with me!” Her body form flows into the wave form like a figurehead on the bow of a ship.
For the Love of the Game by Seth Vandable
Located at Whataburger Field, 734, East Port Ave.
This 18 foot tribute to baseball players and his fans is thought to be the largest bronze statue of a baseball player in the world. What better way to enter into the magnificent and beautiful facility of Whataburger Field than to visit this moving tribute to America’s favorite past time?
Mirador de la Flor by W.H Tatum, Jr.
located at the Peoples Street T-Head, 600 N. Shoreline Blvd.
This larger than life sculpture was installed in 1997 to honor Selena Quintanilla Perez, Tejano singer and world-renowned icon. She inspired millions of fans in her short life. It is often thought of as one of the most visited pieces of art in the entire state of Texas. Selena was often called “La Flor” by her fans and this sculpture is a must-stop for her fans who make the trek to Corpus Christi. When the sunrises over the Corpus Christi Bay, the image is truly breaktaking. Be sure to take the stairway outside the Mirador down by the bay and see the ceramic tile mural created by Aloe Tile and painted by Texas children who loved Selena.
Looking for other opportunities to take in the visual arts in Corpus Christi? The Art Museum of South Texas offers exhibits from a variety of artists and their permanent collection is an astounding tribute to art in the Coastal Bend. K Space Contemporary focuses on contemporary art and their gallery features some of the finest works happening in the art world today. It is also a haven for the local artists scene. Their renowned show “Third Coast National” is a remarkable exhibit not to be missed every September. The Art Center of Corpus Christi focuses on the local arts community and offers workshops for visitors to try their hand at their own artistic skills. And every May they showcase the beautiful Buc Days Coronation gowns for their exhibition of Las Donas de la Corte. The Islander Gallery affiliated with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and the Cain Gallery at Del Mar College offer rotating exhibits yearly.
So come to Corpus Christi for the beach and attractions. But don’t forget about the amazing art featured through the city!