proposal for a sculpture on a traffic circle – University of Texas at El Paso

background information for the artists

The University is interested in the creation of a public sculpture that speaks to UTEP and our heritage. The following information concerning the campus is offered:

UTEP is the largest Hispanic-majority doctoral research institution in the United States. The El Paso/Juarez metroplex boasts a population of over 2 million.

UTEP began as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1914. The university has had 2 significant name changes since: in 1949 to Texas Western College followed by the final change in 1967 to The University of Texas at El Paso.

The mascot for UTEP is Paydirt Pete and alumni are known by the nickname 'Miners' with the most represented icon being the miner's pick.

The campus architecture is modeled after the monastic government buildings of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

The sculpture must be viewed from vehicles in motion. There will be no pedestrian traffic around the inner circle.

Electricity will be provided to the site.

El Paso experiences strong winds and high heat. The sculpture should be well constructed of materials that can easily endure this environment.

Proposals for sculptures that require little maintenance will be favored.

For more information about the University, please visit

Due to the location of the sculpture, the probability of it becoming an icon for the university and surrounding community is likely.

This project budget funding is for the artist fee, design, travel, anticipated engineering costs, materials, fabrication, shipping, installation, insurance, and contingencies.

Project Schedule
Design Proposals Deadline February 15, 2010
Selection of Artist March 1, 2010
Issuance of Contract March 15, 2010
Completion & Installation of Project August 1, 2010



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