UTEP is looking more beautiful these days.
The city of El Paso has installed a new art piece called The Cloud at the roundabout at Spur 1966 and Schuster. The Cloud, by Donald Lipski, is composed of thousands of small steel flaps that move with the breeze. It floats 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 that is also known as the “Kingdom in the Clouds” and to the City of El Paso spectacular cloud formations.
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. Lipski’s works are on a grand scale and help to enliven the space, both visually and symbolically.
The Cloud was created as part of the City of El Paso 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 contributed to this article.