Dedication of the “Sun Pavilion” in El Paso, Texas – an Artful and Iconic Gathering Space
Last week we helped the City of El Paso, Texas celebrate the dedication of our latest work of storied structures; interpreting and articulating contemporary cultural connections between the history of people living in this region and their unique natural environment.
Tracey Jerome, Director, Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) the administrators of the Public Art Program in El Paso speaks to the design and integration of art. Video
To experience the sun in Blackie Chesher Park is to provide “shade.” Shade or shadow is critical to creating a gathering place, especially in El Paso. Our installation, a sculptural “pavilion” of the sun, creates a special place for people to gather in light, in shadow, and in color, orchestrated by the movement of the sun. The very footprint of the pavilion speaks to the sun symbols found in Mesoamerican, Native American, American and Latino cultures. The sculpture features a circular “oculus” that will glow in a dynamic ring and move shapes of light and shadow across the ground plain below.
Artist: David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr at RDG’s Art Studio interacted with the community to create a functional piece of art that is iconic – beautiful, intriguing and engaging.