As the art portal leading people from the nearby San Antonio Riverwalk towards Mission San Jose via Mission County Park, CoCojibos acts as both a shade structure and transition from natural beauty to historic themes. Cacti will be planted above and below the structure to add dimension to the massive curving cactus stems, complete with a lace-like inserts similar to the texture of dried cactus.
The title of the installation is combination of the prefix “co” and the Spanish word for shelter — “cobijo.” It was inspired by a wild cacti which have become a treasured feature within Mission San Jose, a nearby historic mission. These cacti make up the roof above one of the native dwellings in an seemingly impossible balancing act. Despite renovations over four decades, these cacti have not only survived, but flourished.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin late-summer to early Fall of 2017.