The first thing visitors will see when they enter Morgan’s Wonderland is “Taking Flight,” a monumental sculpture by San Antonio artist Doug Roper.
The artwork, a 25-foot-tall pair of bronze hands reaching for a monarch butterfly, was presented at a reception Thursday night at the park, which is designed for people with special needs.
The sculpture reflects “what the theme of this park is all about, which is butterflies — the idea being that children and adults who come here are able to get out of their cocoons and fly and do things that before they couldn’t do,” said founder Gordon Hartman
Roper spent a year working on “Taking Flight,” which is being touted as the largest cast bronze sculpture in San Antonio. He donated the majority of his time and design fees to create the piece.
“It is a wonderful honor to be here and to have my artwork at the forefront as people come in,” he said. “I was humbled when one of the young ladies who works here today said people come in, and they’ve actually stood in line to get their picture taken in front of the sculpture.”
The 25-acre park, located at Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive, began admitting visitors in limited numbers earlier this month. A grand opening is scheduled for April 10.
In addition to Roper’s work, the park features kinetic sculptures by Jim LaPaso and bronze sculptures of children by Randolph Rose.
It was important to have art at Morgan’s Wonderland because San Antonio is “a rich art culture,” Hartman said. “We wanted to make sure we represented San Antonio in here as well as making sure that we had a park that was built for those who had special needs, their friends and their caregivers.”
Visitors must pre-register with Morgan’s Wonderland and make reservations for each visit. Admission is free for special-needs visitors and $5 for each other person in the party.
For more information, go to www.MorgansWonderland.com or call (210) 637-3434.