Portal 1 - CODAworx

Client: MCAD, City of El Paso

Location: El Paso, TX, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $30,000

Project Team


Ricardo Chavarria

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department

City of El Paso


Through informed meditation, astronomy, and an interest in sand mandala paintings created by Tibetan Buddhist monks, Portal 1 evokes the vibration of sound waves. Located indoors at the main exit/entrancce wall at the El Paso International Airport, Portal 1 is a mural that encompasses the entire wall creating an immensive art experience that 70’x17’ in size. The different blue hues pay homage to the bright El Paso sky.


The mural welcomes El Pasosn and visitors alike into the beautiful and exciting city, through a bright sky inspired passageway. The design highlights metaphor of clear skies, for flying and for a possibility of adventure.