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The Cloud

Client: El Paso Department of Museum & Culture

Location: El Paso , TX, United States

Completion date: 2016

Project Team


Donald Lipski

Project Manager

John Grant

Public Art Services


Inspired by the Bhutanese architecture found on the University of Texas, El Paso campus, artist Donald Lipski designed a three sided cloud that arises from a sunken roundabout that also functions as a pedestrian underpass. Bhutan is known as “the kingdom in the clouds.” The Cloud is constructed from thousands of hinged, enameled, stainless steel flaps that gently, move in the breeze. The work is at the edge of the University of Texas, El Paso campus and can be seen by passing traffic as well as pedestrian traffic from the underpass below.


Lipski was inspired by the iconic Bhutanese architecture used throughout the University of Texas, El Paso campus. The design of 'The Cloud' references Buddhist prayer flags that can be found on campus.