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'The Cloud' honored as one of 49 outstanding public art projects in the nation

EL PASO, Texas - The Cloud art sculpture at the Spur 1966 roundabout at UTEP has been recognized as one of the nation's Outstanding Public Arts Projects for 2016 by the Americans for the Arts, the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department department announced Wednesday.
 
The sculpture, created by Donald Lipski, is one of 49 "outstanding public art projects recognized through the Public Art Network's Year in Review program," the department said in a news release.
 
The inspiration for The Cloud was drawn from UTEP's Bhutanese architecture. The sculpture is meant to pay reverence to both the country of Bhutan, also known as the "Kingdom in the Clouds," and to the City of El Paso's open skies.
 
"The Cloud floating over the UTEP campus has become a landmark for students as they walk through campus, as well as for citizens and visitors as they drive by I-10," said Public Art Program Supervisor Aidee Cosme in a news release.
 
Thousands of hinged, stainless steel flaps make up The Cloud, and when wind fills the atmosphere, the flaps create a kinetic illusion mimicking the movement of actual clouds.


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