- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - More than 20 color-changing towers and sculptures, powered by wind turbines that generate electricity, are illuminating an interstate near the El Paso International Airport.

The display was officially lit Thursday evening along Interstate 10 near Airway Boulevard, marking the end of Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority’s $7 million project, which also includes lighting, landscaping, painting and pedestrian walkways.

The neon attraction by Seattle-based artist Vicki Scuri will be lit daily from dusk to dawn. Scuri said the sculptures were inspired by aeronautical forms and the shape of desert plants.

“We want people who pass through El Paso to say, ‘Wow. This is a great city, maybe we need to stop,’” city Rep. Emma Acosta told the El Paso Times.

Before construction finished on the pipe-like structures, which are plain white during the day, some El Paso residents criticized that they looked like egg-beaters and space aliens.

“In the beginning, we had our doubts. Nothing was happening and it took so long,” resident Joe Castillo said. But after seeing the finished product, he and Gloria Castillo said they were impressed with the lighting display.

“They are beautiful,” Gloria Castillo said. “For people who come from out of town and passing through, they are going to say, ‘Have you seen those lights in El Paso?’”

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