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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.

Long-Awaited Westside Natatorium Set to Open April 7th

The City of El Paso is celebrating the grand opening of its Westside Natatorium with two days of activities that kick off with a ceremony and a USA Swimming sanctioned competition.

The grand opening weekend will showcase the many capabilities of this state-of-the art facility. Activities include a competition featuring local, state and international swimmers, free food, music and plenty of free giveaways for the public to enjoy.

During the first day of the event, competitors will utilize one side of this new Olympic size pool to participate in a USA Swimming competition.

During the swim meet, the other side of the pool will be open for the public to enjoy activities such as lap swimming, an aquatic obstacle course, and a floating fitness mat.  On the second day, activities will include aqua jogging, adult coaching techniques for conditioning, lap swimming, an aquatic obstacle course, and water polo.

The $15.5 million Westside Natatorium is part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Program and was designed to meet United States of America Swimming (USAS) standards for competitions, and LEED Silver standards.  Other of the facility’s features include:

  • Seating for approximately 780 spectators;
  • Movable bleachers along the deck area providing additional seating for up to 224 competitors;
  • A new 220-space parking lot with a designated area for food trucks; and

A public art piece, Marquise by Marc Fornes on the facade of the main entrance.

Visit the city’s website and click on the grand opening banner for a list of activities.

WHO:           City of El Paso

WHAT:         Grand Opening Celebration

WHEN:         Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00 am

WHERE:       Westside Natatorium, 650 Wallenberg Drive

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