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The $ 6.25M renovation outside the McNay Art Museum is now complete


SAN ANTONIO – If you haven’t been by the McNay Art Museum in a while, chances are you won’t recognize the property from the Street View.

The museum announced Thursday that phase 1 of its landscape master plan has now been completed.

The $ 6.25 million renovation project involved removing the thick hedges along the edge of the property and adding see-through fencing, making the museum visible from the street.

The teams also planted 144 new trees and 7,892 shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennials, according to a press release.

Two acres at Austin Highway and North New Braunfels were added to the museum’s footprint – which grew from 23 to 25 acres – and they’ve been completely renovated.

This section, now known as Mays Family Park, is home to Alexander Liberman’s Ascent sculpture. The statement said the park was named after the Mays Family Foundation, which donated $ 2 million to the museum.

A stainless steel sculpture by Philip Grausman called Victoria has been moved to the renovated entrance to Austin Highway.

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The New Braunfels entrance has also been reworked and renamed after Tom Frost.

Four more sculptures have been added in the past two years. They are The Sole Sitter by Willie Cole, Standing Tulip by Tom Wesselmann, Hashtag-Orange by Alejandro Martín and Deer by Tony Tasset.

“Le McNay is proud to realize a vision first presented in 2004 by former McNay board chairman Tom Frost, McNay director emeritus William J. Chiego, and a team focused on future of directors and staff who saw where cultural institutions around the world were located. led, ”said Richard Aste, director and CEO of McNay, in the release.

“We’re already seeing the positive impact of a more inclusive and open campus on our community, and we’re just getting started. “

The press release indicates that phase 2 of the landscape master plan is under preparation.

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