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Desert in Bloom

Client: MCAD, City of El Paso

Location: El Paso, TX, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team


Olalekan Jeyifous

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department

City of El Paso

Gizmo Art Production


Desert in Bloom is a colorful and vibrant mural that adorns the entrance pavilion at the new Oasis Water Park in El Paso, TX. The artist was inspired by the unique elements of the local landscape, including native plants, geological formations, and pictographs at the Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site that is located only a few miles away. The mural is created by source material that includes the artist’s own photographs of the El Paso landscape that creates bold, playful illustrations which encompass the finished artwork. The mural is made of powder-coated, laser cut panels that make up the 103 feet wide by 24 feet wide mural.


The artwork is intended to enhance visitors experience to as they enter the Water Park ready for a day of fun and relaxation. Desert in Bloom gives voice to the City's creative spirit, and contributes to El Paso's natural landscape and evolution as a dynamic urban place.