Photo courtesy City of El Paso

Public Art Piece at Westside Natatorium receives CODA award of Merit

The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department announced Thursday morning that the public art sculpture at the entrance of the Westside Natatorium, Marquise by Marc Fornes, has received an award of Merit for Institutional Artwork in the CODAworx International CODAawards.

“It is exciting to receive this type of recognition for El Paso’s Public Art Program,” said Managing Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and Tourism Tracey Jerome. “Marquise is a beautiful example of how artwork can transform a location and create its own identity.”

The public art piece transforms a standard building entrance into a spatial experience and visual icon.

Gridded wavy petals comprise the brightly-colored canopy as well as its self-supporting structure. The billowing structure opens where it touches the ground to form a seating area with benches, extending a point of entry into a welcoming social space.

This year the CODAawards received 435 entries from 26 different countries around the globe, representing over $118 million in commissions.

Photo courtesy City of El Paso

Merit winning projects were found from as far away as China to Nashville and from Houston to Australia. The merit winners exemplify

the best of what can happen when artists and design professionals collaborate to create artful spaces in our built environment.

“The CODAawards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us,” said CEO of CODAworx Toni Sikes.

Marquise was created using funding from the City of El Paso’s Public Art Program.

More than 50 public art projects have been completed since the program was started. This is the sixth time CODAworx has recognized pieces in El Paso’s Public Art Program.

Since 2006, the City has dedicated two percent of every capital project to site-specific public art.