Rivals Northeast Regional Park in El Paso
August 24, 2011 from10 to 11 a.m.
The City of El Paso Public Art Program invites the public to the dedication and unveiling of the public art installation, Rivals at Northeast Regional Park. Rivals, designed by artist Lars Stanley, is a hand-made forged steel sculpture. The Ribbon cutting ceremony will be held August 24, 2011 from 10 to 11 a.m. at 5951 RedStone Rim Dr., off of the Patriot Highway (between McCombs and Rick Husband).
About the Project
The City of El Paso approved the placement of Rivals, a public art piece in Northeast Regional Park as part of an aesthetic improvement to the quality of life in the city. The public art piece was designed and placed to welcome visitors as they enter the pedestrian gateway into the park.
About the Artwork
This public art project, entitled Rivals, consists of two sculptures, a large scorpion and vinegaroon, challenging each other in a competitive stance at the entrance to the park. These native rivals, found in the natural environment of the Chihuahuan Desert of the Southwest, suggest the spirit of competition that embodies the teams that come to the park to compete. The sculptures are hand-forged and fabricated from 1/8” plate steel and solid bar stock, with a 2” pipe frame inside.
About the Artist
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, architect and artisan Lars Stanley translates his passion for the process of making into the making of place, embedding human energy and an awareness of art and craftsmanship into a diverse range of built projects.
His work as an architect and artist is rooted in understanding how the human spirit and impulse are manifested through materials as they are transformed by the work of the hand. His projects seek to nourish a richness of culture and place, cultivating an intimate, human scale. Lars’ approach is characterized by both the pragmatism associated with knowing the constraints of a material and the artistry associated with understanding its opportunities.
Stanley was selected to receive the first Texas Society of Architects Citation of Honor – Artisan’s Award, and in July 2009, he was named an Outstanding Alumnus, the highest honor bestowed upon former students by the Texas A&M College of Architecture. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.