The Cloud

Submitted by Donald Lipski

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Client: El Paso Department of Museums and Culture

Location: El Paso, TX, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $500,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

John Grant

Public Art Services

imaging

Michael Mowry

Mowry Studio LLC

Artist

Donald Lipski

Overview

Rising from a unique sunken traffic roundabout that also serves as a pedestrian underpass near the University of Texas, El Paso, The Cloud is constructed of thousands of hinged flags that move in the breeze. it is 70' x 50' x 50', made of steel and enameled stainless steel.

Goals

The University of Texas, El Paso, and a long history of friendship with the Kingdom of Bhutan, and has adopted its architectural style. My inspiration came from Buddhist prayer flags on the campus.

Process

I worked with a great team that included engineer Kyle Schurter of K L & A, imaging genius Michael Mowry, and fabricators JunoWorks, all under the direction of my venerable project manager, John Grant of Public Art Services.