“If you can’t imagine a better future, you can’t have one,” said Peter Svarzbein, mastermind behind the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project.
The project started out as his college thesis envisioning a transnational trolley between the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez; a symbol of commerce, cultural exchange and most of all, peace. The project has been realized within several art projects, including a downtown poster campaign featuring Alex the Trolley Conductor and is continued in his latest effort: Faces of the Frontera.
Using 2,000 portraits of people from both sides of the border (that he took himself), he has put together a photo mosaic portraying an old trolley car as a symbol of a once-functioning system that united the cities in a bygone era.
The official unveiling of the piece is set for Chalk The Block 4:00 p.m. Saturday 14. Chalk the Block, an annual event featuring the work of a number of chalk artists done on the sidewalks of El Paso’s downtown, is also a celebration of art of all kinds. “Faces of the Frontera” will only be one of the many highlights of the event that is set to have other various installation pieces and live music.
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