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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.

City of El Paso readies Chroma Booster for cold weather

In preparation for the coming winter, the City of El Paso will be winterizing Chroma Booster during the week of October 19. As part of the winterization process, the water feature in this sculpture will be turned off until April after the last freeze. The lights will remain on throughout the winter.

“El Paso has made a significant investment in public art. It is our responsibility to make sure we take care of our pieces and protect certain features from damage that could be caused by winter temperatures,” said Patricia Dalbin, Public Art Program Manager.

Chroma Booster creates an interactive visual and sensory experience in the Pedestrian Pathway between the Judson F. Williams Convention Center and Southwest University Park in Downtown El Paso. A cluster of colored pipes release mist clouds at random intervals during the day. In the evening, LED lighting causes the clouds to glow with vibrant colors.

Users can even interact with the feature. During the warmer months, at the push of a button, water briefly gushes from different water spouts at several locations throughout the sculpture’s perimeter.

The water feature on Chroma Booster will be turned off every winter in order to protect the piece from damaged caused by freezes throughout the season.

Author: City of El Paso

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