Thursday, March 21, 2013

Downtown Stadium Public Artists Chosen: Two Local and One National

The City of El Paso's Public Art Program has chosen three artists for the upcoming downtown stadium project, two individuals from the El Paso area and one national team from California. The artists will design, fabricate, and install their creations at the Triple-A ballpark that will be built where the current City Hall sits.

Gaspar Enriquez illustration created for the Rudolfo Anaya book
Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez.
The first local artist is Gaspar Enriquez, a native El Pasoan who was raised in the Segundo Barrio. Enriquez received degrees from both UTEP and NMSU, and devoted 34 years to teaching art to Bowie High School students in El Paso. Several of his works have been purchased by multiple art museums and galleries in the United States. Currently, Enriquez is rehabilitating a centuries-old adobe building in San Elizario.

Robert Davidoff is the second local artist chosen and specializes in large, metal sculptures. Davidoff has more than 30 years of experience.

Cradle, a 2010 Ball-Nogues sculpture in Santa Monica, California.
Ball-Nogues Studio of Los Angeles is the national firm that was chosen by the Public Art Committee. Led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, the artistic team has exhibited at several renowned galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Guggenheim Museum. According to the studio's website, the team aims to create "environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement."

Ball-Nogues creation Built to Wear,
constructed for the 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism.
Concept designs for the art installations at the upcoming ballpark have not yet been made available. The project's budget is $850,000.

Gaspar Enriquez website:
Ball-Nogues website: