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Published on February 26, 2024
San Antonio Street Corner Transformed by Satirical Louis Vuitton Art Installation Featuring Spurs' WembanyamaSource: Google Street View

San Antonio has a new street corner attracting buzz, and it's all thanks to a Louis Vuitton installation featuring Spurs' rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama. The art piece, located at the intersection of West Lambert and South Flores streets, showcases a faux Louis Vuitton storefront with the towering basketball star clad in the brand's garb. This installation, created by local artists Andy Benavides and Chris Montoya, isn't just a photo-op — it's a satirical nod to both high fashion and high art.

Designed to echo the vibe of the West Texas art installation Prada Marfa, Benavides, and Montoya's creation, as described in Express News, paints a tongue-in-cheek picture of luxury amid the concrete canvas of San Antonio's South Side. Benavides, having spotted an opportunity with the recent buzz around Wembanyama's high-profile Louis Vuitton billboard, envisioned the spot as an ideal stage for his artistic expression. Embellishing the empty structure, Montoya swiftly painted it over a single Friday night, likening the work to Claes Oldenburg's larger-than-life sculptures.

The faux storefront has quickly become a hit on social media, with onlookers stopping to grab selfies with the fashion-forward facade. According to a statement obtained by San Antonio Current, the pop-up piece is more than an empty shell; a look inside reveals the bare bones of the building's interior, purposefully contrasting the luxury label's usual opulence.

Andy Benavides, acclaimed for his 76-foot Spurs mural downtown, orchestrated the installation with a flair for making public statements through art. He told Express News, "At the end of the day it's always about what kind of human experience we can create for people. I think that's what art does anyway."