The Cloud, the City of El Paso’s newest public art piece, is nearing completion and will be lifted into place in the Spur 1966 roundabout at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
As the structure is lifted into place, parts of Schuster will be closed. Eastbound traffic on Schuster will be detoured via Sun Bowl to Glory Road. The road closures will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until installation is completed.
The Cloud by Donald Lipski is composed of thousands of small steel flaps that will move with the breeze. When complete, it will float over the roundabout that also serves as a below ground pedestrian pathway. Inspiration for the piece was drawn from the prominent hallmark of Bhutanese architecture that the UTEP is commonly known for.
The artwork is an abstract gesture to the city of Bhutan, which is also known as the Kingdom in the Clouds, and to the City of El Paso’s spectacular cloud formations.
Mr. Lipski is a renowned sculptor from New York who has made public artworks all over the country including Denver, Colorado, and San Antonio, Texas. His poetic combinations of existing materials, energetic installations, and colorful public sculptures have become iconic symbols for the places in which they are located. His works help to enliven the space, both visually, and symbolically.
The Cloud was created as part of the City of El Paso’s Public Art Program. A percentage of each capital program is dedicated to public art. Since its adoption, the program has worked to integrate public artworks throughout the City of El Paso.