Whirlwind - CODAworx


Client: MCAD, City of El Paso

Location: El Paso, TX, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $70,000

Project Team


Art Garcia

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department

City of El Paso


Whirlwind utilizes 29, plasma-cut aluminum rings, resting on a twenty-foot conical shape pole located at the RC Pote Roundabout in El Paso, TX. The art piece stands at 20 feet x 6 feet. Whirlwind is inspired by El Paso’s Chihuahuan Desert where whirlwinds can often be seen during wind season. The colored rings convey the hot air rotating on the ground (red and magenta) and cools (orange, yellow and blue) as it raises into the atmosphere.


The goal of the project was to include a public art piece into a new roundabout at a busy intersection. The art piece integrates nature and landscape into the roundabout and surroundings of the neighborhood.