- April 12, 2015
The Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum was built in 1949. It has been host to thousands of events including the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, concerts, trade shows, motor sports, circus, professional sports including professional bull riding, basketball, hockey, boxing and wrestling.
The Freeman Coliseum’s unique moderne architecture is a late form of Art Deco. The newly renovated interior draws on this and the 1950’s diner era that followed the art deco movement.
Wall graphics throughout the Freeman Coliseum illustrate the rich history and diversity of events that take place within its hollow walls. Murals have been printed on metallic finishes in keeping with the 1950’s diner car design motif of the newly renovated interior space and are inspired by the pop art of Andy Warhol.
Local artists were selected to participate in the inaugural Freeman Coliseum Art Collection, many of whom share a unique connection to the Coliseum, their artwork exemplifies the cultural character of San Antonio, the East Side, and the Freeman Coliseum.
Each image has been selected to capture the excitement and energy of the coliseum’s patrons and events alike.