Dedication of Albuquerque's Newest Public Art
Albuquerque's newest public artwork will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 in a ceremony that will include Mayor Richard J. Berry, members of the Arts Board and other dignitaries, and Albuquerque artist John Davis, who designed and fabricated the new artwork.
The project, developed by The City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program, was funded through the 1% for the Arts ordinance. Located adjacent to First Street SW in front of the Greyhound Station, the work, entitled "A Stop on the Rio Grande," features two large semi-circular steel shapes, one of which has undulating linear elements that mimic the shapes on concrete benches adjacent to the new works. The existing benches have been included in the project with the addition of tiles and pebbles applied to the bench backs in a pattern that accentuates the feeling of flow. The bench seats were stained an earthen color to further enhance the entire vision.
"One of the jewels of Albuquerque is our public art," Mayor Berry said. "This creative piece adds to the wonderful collection we have around the city, and the location of this particular art project will greet Albuquerque's visitors as they arrive by bus or train."
The work is a great addition to an area that is evolving into a key component of the Downtown area. With the large transportation hub that includes municipal as well as regional and national bus service, Amtrak and Rail Runner train service, many businesses, a movie theater and numerous restaurants, the new artwork will provide a pleasing aesthetic for both visitors and local residents.
Dennis Gromelski, Chair, Downtown Arts and Culture District said of the installation, "The administration's commitment to the Public Art Program is paramount to the continuing revitalization of the Downtown core."
The design of Albuquerque artist John Davis was chosen for the site by the Art Selection Committee in 2008. In addition to his significant body of work, Davis has received numerous honors and awards and is the subject of a number of articles in a variety of publications. His commissioned works appear in public and private facilities in Arizona as well as at the University of West Florida. His art has been widely exhibited in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, in Washington, D.C, and in Albuquerque.
The City of Albuquerque's Public Art Urban Enhancement Program, one of the oldest in the country, began in 1978, with the passage of the Art in Municipal Places Ordinance. This forward thinking initiative set aside 1% of City construction funds derived from the general obligation bond program and certain revenue bonds for the purchase or commission of works of art.
For additional information on all of the public art installations in Albuquerque, visit www.cabq.gov/publicart or call 311.
For additional information on the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund visit www.cabq.gov/uetf. TTY Users call 711.