Interactive Art Pieces on Display in Downtown El Paso
El Pasoans who turned out for the first Chihuahuas home opener game of the season were the first to encounter the new art pieces in the Downtown Pedestrian Pathway.
Two new art pieces, Points of Light and Chroma Booster use dynamic lighting, shapes, and colors to engage visitors.
One of the pieces, Points of Light, by local artist Stephen Ingle, consists of three six-foot piñata-inspired metal sculptures underneath the Durango Bridge. The piñatas will project shapes onto surrounding surfaces using LED lighting incorporated inside the structures. The projections represent the spirit of celebration among the visitors of the Pedestrian Pathway in Downtown El Paso. Murals also completed by Ingle referencing the piñatas in his light piece will also be installed along the Pedestrian Pathway in the coming weeks.
Another new art piece, Chroma Booster by New York artist Matthew Geller, will also be in operation. The piece is a 60-foot-tall sculpture that incorporates the use of strategically placed misters, water nozzles and LED lighting to create an interactive visual and sensory experience for all visitors.
All three art installations are part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhancing quality of life by enhancing recreational, cultural and educational environments. Other finishing touches are underway on the Pedestrian Pathway project. Immediately south of Southwest University Park, the pathway stretches from Arts Festival Plaza in the Downtown Arts District to Durango Street in the Union Plaza District. It will give pedestrian a more direct route – filled with landscaping, lighting, street furnishings, public art, and gathering places – to connect between these two parts of Downtown.