Camino Real En Pavo Real - CODAworx

Client: MCAD, City of El Paso

Location: El Paso, TX, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $85,000

Project Team


Rene Nevarez

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department

City of El Paso


Camino Real En Pavo Real is designed with porcelain Mosaic Tile to create an abstract peacock image, a homage to the Pavo Real Recreation Center name meaning “Peacock.” Aside from the featured peacock feathers, other elements created from the mosaic tile include a full peacock, rays that evoke the El Paso sun, and a Native American headdress. Camino Real, or the “royal road” is an acknowledgement of the Camino Real, a trail that ran through El Paso centuries ago. The artwork is located in the entrance hallway of the recreation center, when visitors enter and walk through the gold accents will illustrate the idea of a regal pathway to greater purpose and accomplishment.


The goal of the project is to inspire visitors to greater purpose and accomplishment. The gold colors in the piece reflect the gold people seek, especially in the sports or activities that are part of the recreation center. The hope is that the mosaic create a "camino real" that will inspire young people in the community to dream big and aspire to achieve gold in all endeavors.