Public Sculptures by Vicki Scuri SiteWorks seen at Airway at Gateway, El Paso, TX, El Paso - Airway Gateway
Public Sculptures by Vicki Scuri SiteWorks seen at Airway at Gateway, El Paso, TX, El Paso - Airway Gateway
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Airway Gateway

Airway, fast becoming a landmark and a destination, creates a gateway to the El Paso International Airport and Downtown. Renovating the existing infrastructure, transforming its massive concrete footprint within its site and environment, establishes a new dynamic, introducing ornamented functional wind turbines, illuminated sculptural forms, and sweeping arched planters with windswept patterning and native plants.

Removing hardscape whenever possible and covering the remaining slope paving with landscape, native stone, and a series of forms inspired by aerodynamics and desert plants, combines an industrial aesthetic with symbols of growth and renewal. The result celebrates place and community, reinvigorated and transformed. Color, sculpture, patterning, lighting, landscape, and site improvements revive the previous “dead zone,” weighted by aging infrastructure, providing safety and beauty. From dusk until dawn, programmed LED lighting illuminates the site, marking seasons and holidays with colorful displays.

The lighting for the Airway Gateway reflects the seasons. Each season is characterized by a color selection: blue and green in Spring; green and orange in Summer; orange and purple in Fall; and purple and blue in Winter. Each show is 1 hour long, plus a 15- minute hold on a dominant color of that respective season. The shows run from dusk until dawn. Each show shares the same 52 colors with emphasis on its seasonal hues, marking the 52 weeks of the year. The color sequences represent a pattern structure similar to quilt or Mexican Blanket.

Meet the Creator

Building on over 30 years of experience, Vicki Scuri’s career continues to evolve. Educated in printmaking and design, she transformed her studio work into large-scale public installations as a member of the Downtown Seattle Transit Artist Design Team. This program catalyzed her interest in collaborative work and public space. It marks the beginning of her practice, Vicki Scuri SiteWorks. Her primary focus is site responsive, collaborative design and Public Art, with emphasis on community identity through awareness of place, history and culture. Her practice specializes in infrastructure as public place, because infrastructure, best symbolized as the backbone of urban design, is the system upon which society builds its core values, creating meaning, mobility and connectivity. Having participated on over fifty design teams across the United States, she continuously hones her skills as an artist and collaborator. In 2013, she earned a Certificate in Digital Design and Fabrication, extending her interest in surface modeling by focusing her final project on pattern design in two and three dimensions, using the laser cutter and the router. These digital tools expand her abilities to realize her work and to embrace a more experimental process in image development.

Vicki’s projects, best known for symbolic pattern work; play of sunlight and shadow over sculptural form; and her ability to engage the entire site as a canvas, integrate functionality, landscape and art to create community landmarks. Community identity, site, climate, and environment are important considerations in shaping each project’s unique expression.

Vicki’s work, while functional, invites public imagination and engagement. Many of her projects feature the play of light. Shadows move throughout the day, marking time and seasons. Community members actively participate by strolling, recreating and pausing to enjoy their neighborhoods and friends. Often children interact with the shadows creating their own games. At night, LED lighting marks seasons and holidays, creating anticipation of celebration throughout the year. Civic spaces and pedestrian bridges become neighborhood destinations and gateways. They reflect community identity, promoting awareness of place, heritage and the environment. Patterning, sculptural form, sunlight, LED lighting, and restorative landscapes stand as cornerstones of her work.

Available for commission/custom work