CHroma Booster

2015
Painted steel, stainless steel, mist, water, LED lights

55’ x 8’ x 8’
Location: Pedestrian plaza
between the El Paso Chihuahua’s Triple-A Baseball Stadium and the Music and Convention Centers
Commissioned by: El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department Public Art Program

Selected for the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network 2016 Year in Review

Chroma Booster sits at the focal point of the new pedestrian plaza between the Convention and Performing Arts Centers and the El Paso Chihuahua’s Triple-A Baseball Stadium. It continues the tradition dating back to the Ancient Greeks of having a fountain as the pivotal feature of public spaces such as town squares and parks. Like many fountains, Chroma Booster is both visual and functional. The 55-foot tall painted steel sculpture, which includes mist, water, and light, celebrates the controlled chaos of the industrial infrastructure that both surrounds the site and dots the Texas landscape. Chroma Booster as perhaps a vestige from a former railroad water tower, a relic from an old industrial plant, or El Paso’s underground pipes run amiss. The mist, which invites people to be engulfed in its cool, moist air, is in a constant state of flux, sensitive to the slightest changes in wind, temperature, and humidity. Spacing between the pipes allows viewers to stand inside the structure as if they are in the midst of a forest with towering trees. User-controlled push-button valves at the base of the sculpture operate a foot-wash, and three overhead shower heads allow visitors to douse themselves with a refreshing, albeit very brief, shower. At night, lights illuminate the stainless steel collars and the wafting clouds of mist. 

Water features operational March thru October

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LINK TO LOCATION (navigate on map to find red map maker) - Adjacent to Southwest University Stadium, N Santa Fe St & Main Drive, El Paso, TX 79901