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Artists invited to design for new Chihuahuan Desert habitat at El Paso Zoo

Artists have the opportunity to design an art piece that will be part of the new Chihuahuan Desert habitat being constructed at the El Paso Zoo.

The El Paso Zoo and the City of El Paso’s Public Art Program are seeking to commission a professional artist or artist team to design an art piece showcasing the themes of wonder and connection for the Chihuahaun Desert Habitat at the El Paso Zoo. The project is seeking an artist who will work with the design team and the El Paso Zoo to identify appropriate sites and applications for public art and to subsequently design, fabricate and install artwork at the site.

This project has a $300,000 budget. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. MST on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. The 36-Acre El Paso Zoo can be generally viewed as divided into several primary zones: Entry, Africa, Americas, Asia and Service Area.

The Zoo will transform a large portion of the Americas area with a new Chihuahuan Desert experience that was approved as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond program.

This project will highlight the flora and fauna of the region surrounding El Paso and interpreting the effects of an arroyo. These vastly important naturally occurring environmental features are often overlooked and unseen by a majority of the El Paso population.

The public art portion of this project should support the Zoo’s mission and programming in several ways including celebrating the value of animals and natural resources, provide additional appreciation or understanding of an exhibit of support the overall movement through the zoo.

Applications must be submitted using the Call for Entry (CAFÉ) online application system at www.callforentry.org. Click on “Apply to Calls” and click on “City of El Paso Chihuahua Desert Habitat”. All entries must be submitted before the deadline of September 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (MST).

Artists seeking more information should visit mcad.elpasotexas.gov/public-art and look for “public art opportunities” in the “Public Art” tab or contact Aidee Guevara, Public Art CIP Associate, (915) 212-1769.

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