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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.

Westside Natatorium art piece selected for CODAawards Top 100

The El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) announced Tuesday that the public art piece at the Westside Natatorium, Marquise by Marc Fornes, has been selected as one of the Top 100 public art pieces in the CODA Awards and the public can vote to select the art sculpture as one of two people’s choice awards.

“El Paso’s Public Art Program is becoming well known within the industry. The investment and commitment City leadership has made to incorporating artwork into its capital projects has given us the opportunity to demonstrate how art has become an integral part of so many projects,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Director Tracey Jerome.

Marquise is located at the Westside Natatorium, 650 Wallenburg.

The public art piece transforms a standard building entrance into a spatial experience and visual icon. Gridded wavy petals comprise the brightly-colored canopy and 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.

The art piece was created using funding from the City of El Paso’s Public Art Program. Since 2006, the City has dedicated two percent of every capital project to site-specific public art.

More than 50 public art projects have been completed since the program was started. Several of these projects have been recognized by CODAWorx.

The CODAawards are presented by CODAworx to highlight how art and design can transform public spaces. Projects selected for the awards are examples of projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces.

CODAawards received 435 entries from 27 different countries around the globe.

Voting is open through Friday, June 28, and the public can cast their vote online.

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