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Valero Energy Pavilion

Beautiful Pavilion

Thanks to a generous gift from Valero Energy Corporation, Landa Gardens is home to a beautiful pavilion created by nationally renowned local artist Carlos Cortés.

The 30 x 15 feet faux bois pavilion is designed in the art form known as trabajo rústico, concrete sculptures that look like petrified trees. The pavilion resembles a grove of shade trees and is nested among the lovely live oaks that have graced the Landa Library for decades.

Cortés learned the art from his great uncle, Dionicio Rodriguez, and his father, Maximo Cortés. The work of all three generations can be seen throughout San Antonio at such locations as the H-E-B Science Tree House at the Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio Riverwalk.

The pavilion will serve as a canopy underneath which storytelling can be heard, theater productions and concerts can be staged, and birthday parties and weddings can be celebrated.

For information about renting the pavilion, please call the San Antonio Public Library Events Coordinator at (210) 207-2629 or