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Monday, July 9, 2018

San Antonio Sculptor Will Shine a Little Light on El Paso International Airport

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 9:56 AM

click to enlarge The City of El Paso will shut down lanes near its airport to allow the installation of Bill FitzGibbons' piece "El Paso Passage." - VIA THE CITY OF EL PASO'S TWITTER ACCOUNT
  • Via the City of El Paso's Twitter account
  • The City of El Paso will shut down lanes near its airport to allow the installation of Bill FitzGibbons' piece "El Paso Passage."
A local art icon is shutting down traffic in El Paso.

Bill FitzGibbons, the renown San Antonio sculptor who's illuminated both the Alamo and San Fernandro Cathedral, is installing El Paso Passage, a $205,000 LED installation on an underpass near El Paso International Airport.



As a result, the city warns, the northbound lanes on Airway Boulevard, will be closed between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. between today and July 20.

If the work looks familiar, it's likely because you've driven under FitzGibbons' similar installations at Houston and Commerce streets east of downtown S.A. His Day Star Archway, a 40-foot-tall sculpture incorporating reclaimed airplane wings and LED lights also towers near the garage at San Antonio International Airport.

FitzGibbons, former director of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, has  done 30 public art projects and performances in five countries, including Iceland and the United Kingdom. The Texas Legislature named him 2012's Official State Artist.

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