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.