Downtown El Paso’s ‘Chroma Booster’ honored by Americans for the Arts

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) is proud to announce that the Americans for the Arts recognized the Chroma Booster public art piece as one of the nation’s outstanding public arts projects for 2015.

The interactive sculpture was one of 38 outstanding public arts projects that were recognized through the Public Art Network’s Year in Review program.

Matthew Geller’s Chroma Booster is located at the new pedestrian plaza and links El Paso’s Downtown Arts District to the Union Plaza Entertainment District. The 55-foot tall painted steel fountain, which includes mist, water, and light, celebrates the controlled chaos of the industrial infrastructure that both surrounds the site and dots the Texas landscape.

User-controlled push-button valves at the base of the sculpture operate a foot-cooling water-spray nozzle, and three overhead showerheads allow visitors to douse themselves with a refreshing shower. At night, lights illuminate the stainless steel collars and the wafting clouds of mist.

“Chroma Booster is an excellent example of how Public Art can help transform a space. As one of the focal points on the Pedestrian Pathway, this piece serves as a landmark in the Downtown Arts District as well as providing a way for visitors to directly interact with the artwork,” said Public Art Program Manager Patricia Dalbin.

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honors 38 outstanding public arts projects created in 2015 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art.

The works were chosen from 260 entries across the country and recently recognized at Americans for the Arts’ 2016 Annual Convention in Boston.