"Healer's Spring"

Biosciences Building at the University of Texas San Antonio, TX 


“HEALER’S SPRING” built in 1997, is a cone shaped water sculpture eleven feet in diameter, located in the center of an open ground-floor rotunda. Like a spring in an oasis, it wells up in the center, overflows to run down the sloping sides and recycles to heal and refresh. Clad in large slabs of brown granite, the sculpture provides the presence of water and sound of water with minimum water consumption. A seating wall clad in Texas limestone surrounds the central fountain. The work was inspired by the story of a local Mexican–American folk healer who found a spring near his house and provides a metaphor for the Texas Aquifer below. The idea of water as a healing and a life-giving force has always had particular resonance in desert climates where water is scarce. It is essential to all life and science,” (from a catalog, “Art in the Biosciences Building” distributed at the building’s dedication in 1997.) The ceiling mural above the “Healer’s Spring” is by Santa Barraza, who with Adams developed a color scheme for the building’s interior.

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Biosciences Building at the University of Texas San Antonio, TX  1997

3'5" x 11' x 11'  granite, limestone 

Ceiling Mural: Santa Barazza

Photos by Kate Gordy