Mel Chin | CoCobijos
Mel Chin | CoCobijos
Mel Chin | CoCobijos
Mel Chin | CoCobijos
Mel Chin | CoCobijos construction
Mel Chin | CoCobijos construction
Mel Chin | CoCobijos construction


Mel Chin

Intersection of the San Antonio River and VFW Boulevard

As the art portal leading people from the nearby San Antonio Riverwalk towards Mission San José via Mission County Park, “CoCojibos” serves to bridge between the historic themes of Mission San José and natural world of the San Antonio River.

“CoCobijos,” a name invented by internationally exhibited, conceptual artist and Texas native, Mel Chin, means “co-shelters.” Two faceted cactus-like pads arc in a supporting embrace, appearing to hold each other up. After seeing prickly pear cactus on a roof of Mission San José, the artist thought about how these plants nurture people and animals alike and their resiliency in the face of time and Texas’ climate. Echoing the geometry and beautiful lattice pattern of the internal structures from actual San Antonio nopal plant specimens, this shade structure stands in Mission County Park to give relief from the sun. In planters above, living plants create a green canopy.  The abstract form of the structure is intended to visually change shape as people pass through and around it, while the shadows shift as the day progresses.


The San Antonio River Foundation commissioned and funded public artworks for the benefit of our community and in support of our partners in the $384M San Antonio River Improvements Project. All works along the Mission Reach have been donated to the City of San Antonio’s public art collection in perpetuity.

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