El Paso — On a big kitchen table in a central El Paso home......artist Mike Rivera is refining his sketch work for one of the many permanent art displays approved today by city council.
Rivera's work, an 8x20 foot winged aluminum sculpture..will rise up on the median of Airway Boulevard just north of the i-10 airway exit. Rivera finds it flattering that his sculpture, placed where it is, will catch the attention of travellers heading down Airway to catch the freeway into town
"The potential impact of the piece is tremendous. Most people don't associate El Paso with contemporary art, but I have the opportunity to show that we do have local talent. The piece is a two dimensional piece wrapped around three dimensions...It's shaped like a wing to compliment the airway theme".
The city's now given its approval toward public art in and around the new baseball stadium. Those designs aren't in yet..and to a number of other sculptures, Some will decorate the so-called I-10 corridor, including the spaghetti bowl US 54 interchange. Council says it's all a go...at the same time making indiividual suggestions. Susie Byrd wants to see murals on concrete portions of Scenic Drive..Carl Robinson asked for more public art love for his district in the northeast.
Back in his home studio Mike Rivera is spending long hours on his Airway Boulevard project, by far his largest, most ambitious design. In a complimentary piece, he's also designing large round aluminum sheets, representing a bird in flight, that will wrap around the concrete pillars supporting I-10 beneath the Airway exit, as the beautification of the Sun City moves forward