Uplift Public Art Project


Margarita Cabrera was selected by the City of El Paso to create a public art sculpture for the El Paso Country Club Roundabout.    The sculpture design for the Country Club Roundabout is titled UPLIFT.  The theme of the work revolves around the violent realities existing along the US/Mexico border and focuses on a metaphor symbolizing a transformational change towards a stronger, more unified, community spirit. The artwork will be a representation of 600 hundred birds in the powerful moment when birds try to  achieve flight and therefore freedom.  This action is symbolic of the changing and diminishing violence facing our binational region.  The community in Ciudad Juarez is transforming slowly as the community is seeing more and more traces of peace.

As an artist, Margarita Cabrera is conscious of the material used to make art work. The intended raw material for this sculpture is recycled  confiscated guns, a material that allows her to creatively transform violence into something hopeful while creating a positive visual experience for the people in this community and our neighbors in Juarez.


Community members from El Paso and Juarez are invited to come together in a workshop production of papel picado (“perforated paper”), a Mexican decorative craft dating back to the time of the Aztecs made out of paper and cut into elaborate designs. The subject of the workshop designs revolve around the violent realities along the US/MX border.

As a way of preserving our heritage, we will use this process of Papel Picado, work in pairs, to create the wing designs that will then be placed in all the metal birds making up our UPLIFT sculpture.

Margarita Cabrera talks about her pubic art project during her interview with Louie from Focus on Campus at KTEP- Listen

When: October 17, 2013
Time: 3-6 pm
Where:Mexican Consulate of El Paso 500 E. San Antonio, El Paso, Texas 79901
Opening Receptions 6PM-10PM

When: November 1, 2013
Time: 2-5 pm
Where: UTEP  500 W University Ave, El Paso, TX 79902

When: November 4, 2013
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am and  1:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Centro Familiar de Salud la Fe 700 S. Ochoa, El Paso, TX 79901

When: November 13, 2013
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 am
Where: St Clement’s Middle School

When: November 16, 2013
Time: 10 am- 12 pm
Where: Museo de Arte en Cd. Juarez, Circuto Envolvente del Pronaf Ave. Lincoln y Coyoacan Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua 32311

When: December 13, 2013
Time: 10:00-1:00pm
Where: Escuela Juan Jose Martinez “El Pipila”, Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua 32311

May 8th, 2015 -Margarita Cabrera Statement for press conference

Letters to City to re-install Uplift
May 8th, 2015 – Letter from Frank Ainsa to the City of El Paso

May 19th, 2015 – Letter from the City of El Paso to Frank Ainsa

May 19th, 2015 – Letter from Frank Ainsa to the City of El Paso

May 20th, 2015 – Letter from Frank Ainsa to the City of El Paso


Artist Behind Uplift Sculpture Claims City is Being Swayed
Artist Wants Her Sculpture Installed West Side Roundabout
Controversial Escultura Uplift
Artist Says City is Holding Uplift Sculpture Hostage
Uplift Artist Speaks out after City removes public art piece

For more information about the project or you are interested in volunteering you can contact Margarita Cabrera at margaritacabrera.artist@gmal.com or Nidia Holgun at holguin.nidia@gmail.com