Thursday, the City of El Paso Public Art Program of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) and Representative Claudia Ordaz, District 6, dedicated the newest public art project, Sun Pavillion, at Blackie Chesher Park.
Sun Pavilion, by David Dahlquist, turns a functional item into a work of art. This park shelter provides visitors a break from the El Paso sun while adding beauty to the park. It is inspired by the unique geographical character of El Paso.
The sun represents the connection between the people living in this region and their natural environment.
Sun Pavilion features a circular oculus that glows in a dynamic ring and moves shapes of light and shadow across the ground. The pavilion incorporates sun symbols found in Mesoamerican, Native American, American and Latino cultures.
The City of El Paso Public Art Program of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department worked closely with the members of the community to design, fabricate and install the site-specific artwork at Blackie Chesher Park, 1100 North Zaragoza.
Sun Pavilion 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.