Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic Unveils Artwork
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Known worldwide for his art, Sanchez De Alba brought together three red, green and blue human figures holding hands to create the sculpture that welcomes visitors to the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic .
The design is a nod to the logo of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, a major supporter of the clinic and the new Hunt School of Dentistry.
Officials from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso revealed the artwork Feb. 24 in the presence of the Texas Tech University System Board of Trustees and Paso del Norte Health Foundation board members. The unveiling took place before the regents meeting at the TTUHSC El Paso campus.
With a steel frame and fiberglass exterior, Sanchez De Alba’s creation is built to survive the harsh weather of El Paso and will welcome visitors for decades. The sculpture is an apt representation of how TTUHSC El Paso, the Borderland community, and partners like the Paso del Norte Health Foundation opened the first dental school in Texas in 50 years, along with its state-of-the-art clinic.
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation donated $6 million in 2016 to help with the recruitment and hiring of world-class faculty, the school’s accreditation process, and the development of the most innovative dental curriculum of the country, according to TTUHSC.
He donated an additional $5 million in 2021 to help with the initial operations of the Hunt School of Dental Medicine and the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic. This financial commitment has helped TTUHSC El Paso build a state-of-the-art dental clinic and school where highly sought-after faculty with proven expertise teach the next generation of dentists.
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