Artwork on the Trainway
POSTED: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 3:49pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:19pm
EL PASO- Santa Fe, El Paso, Oregon, and Mesa. All of them are streets Downtown, with bridges set to be replaced by the city.
"They'll also be replacing the chain-link walls with something more attractive," says Public Art Coordinator Patricia Dalbin.
Dalbin means artwork. The idea calls for art to be installed or hung over the new fences, but the design has to represent El Paso.
"We're going to leave it up to the artist to talk to the public, the community, read up on the history," she says.
After that, the artist has to present the final idea, and work with city engineers to get it done. Public Art has been a mandate in El Paso since 2006.
For every dollar the city spends on new construction or repairs, two cents goes to fund public art. That means projects are popping up all over town.
Dalbin took us to two of her favorite projects. The first is a memorial to victims of crime. The second is made of packed dirt and soda cans. It pays tribute to the Franklin Mountains. Both pieces sit on public land, and were funded by the city.
"All our public artwork that we do are unique, original pieces of work that speak of our history, that speak of our community," Dalbin says.
The Bataan Trainway is historical itself, built in 1950. Dalbin is searching for an artist to capture what that means to El Paso.
Those up to the challenge can apply for the job until October 21st. That person will take part in a trend towards the creative in El Paso...a border city dotted by art.