Client: MCAD, City of El Paso
Location: El Paso, TX, United States
Completion date: 2022
Artwork budget: $350,000
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
City of El Paso
The title ACIES can be interpreted as ‘Line,’ ‘Lines,’ or ‘The full attention of one’s sight, hearing or other senses, as directed towards a particular object,’ a fitting name for the 24 windscreen fiberglass art panels and 2 sculptures. The art panels are installed along the El Paso, TX public transportation, Montana BRIO, bus stops and are accompanied by two unique freestanding pieces that tie the overall work located at the El Paso International Airport station. The artwork features an abstract line element that connects all stations together, but is individualized by a different art panel color that is characteristic to the neighborhood and community of each bus stop. Each art panel also features unique laser cut abstract designs that hint at forms, events, and themes pertaining to local architecture, crafts, culture, history, people and nature. Themes within the works peak to universal ideas of individuals and communities connecting through time and place.
A guiding principal for the work highlights that art provides a moment of thoughtful reflection. In this moment of thoughtful reflection, the goal is for individuals to turn to the better nature of themselves. If this is achieved, the works have done their job well. The figurative and representational elements in the public art aid in significant story telling important to communities and evoke emotions through creating a space with presence.