‘Mining Minds’ Special Lighting to Commemorate Graduates

Last Updated on December 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

Originally published December 5, 2016

"Mining Minds" sculpture

“Mining Minds” sculpture

The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s University Avenue roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, Dec. 7, through Sunday evening, Dec. 11 to commemorate The University of Texas at El Paso’s Class of 2016.

The special lighting honors more than 2,300 summer and winter candidates who are eligible to walk across the stage during the Winter Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 11.

“Mining Minds” is an iconic piece of public art installed in 2010 to enhance The University of Texas at El Paso campus. At night, orange lights illuminate the steel structure while light from LEDs emanate from the perforated “ones” and “zeroes” at each end of the pick.

On special occasions, including historic dates, major annual milestones and to celebrate special accomplishments, the pick is illuminated in blue and orange. Learn more about the statue and its artist at miningminds.utep.edu.


    The UTEP Public Information Office can assist media personnel with interview requests to speak with University administrators, faculty expert sources, or students; or to arrange campus visits for photography / videography shoots.

    Call or email one of our media contacts with your name, outlet, deadline, and story idea or request to start an inquiry.

    Elizabeth Ashby
    Public Information Officer
    Phone: 915.747.5526
    E-mail: news@utep.edu