Borderland artists Christin Apodaca, Gabriel Márquez and Mitsu Overstreet were asked to create installations for the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center.
“It is important for us to have local connections in the museum,” said Stephanie Otero, acting director of the museum and vice president of operations for the El Paso Community Foundation, in a statement. “We look forward to announcing more artistic partnerships in the coming months.”
The three artists will create installations complementing the exhibits designed by Oakland-based Gyroscope Inc., which designed the STEAM-based interactive zones for the museum currently under construction downtown.
Illustrator and muralist known for her black and white line drawings that weave native plants into her compositions, Apodaca will work on the Desert Bloom Zone of the museum. The space is intended for the youngest visitors to the museum and is inspired by the Chihuahuan desert.
Marquez is an artist and designer whose work has been exhibited in El Paso and Seattle, where he lived for several years. Her work will be showcased in the Follow Your Instincts area, where children ages 4-7 can learn about animals and careers in animal care.
Contemporary visual artist and designer, Overstreet is perhaps best known for his “River Spirit” ground installation at El Paso International Airport. His work will take place in the Flow Zone, where visitors can learn about water treatment and recycling.