The public art installation “Sun Pavilion” by David Dahlquist at Blackie Chesher Park was recently recognized with a CODAWorx Award of Merit for Public Spaces.
“We are excited to once again be recognized by CODAWorx for our work in integrating public art throughout our community,” said Tracey Jerome, Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs. “’Sun Pavilion’ exemplifies CODA’s goals of creating public and private spaces that inspire us daily.”
“Sun Pavilion” is a public art installation inspired by Hueco Tanks, an ancient Desert Archaic and Native American Cultural site.
Patterns of indigenous plant species are illuminated by the ever-changing and ever-present sunlight during the day, and interior LED illumination at night.
The City of El Paso Public Art Program of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department worked closely with the members of the community to design, fabricate and install the site-specific artwork that creates an iconic, destination shade structure for Blackie Chesher Park.
CODAworx produces the CODA Awards to celebrate the design projects from around the world that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces.
“Sun Pavilion” was funded by City of El Paso’s Public Art Program, which has dedicated two percent of every capital project to site-specific public art since 2006.
More than 50 public art projects have been completed since the program began and CODAWorx has recognized several of these projects.
For more information on CODAWorx and to view this year’s winners, visit https://www.codaworx.com/awards/codaawards/2018/winners.