In 2009 a group of New Mexico arts organizations joined together to present LAND/ART, an exciting series of exhibitions, site-specific art works, and lectures exploring the relationships between land, art, and community.
Many of the pieces that came out of the project can still be seen near the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center. See www.landartnm.org or download the official LAND/ART guide for more information about this unique project.
The Flyway Project
Flyway is an iconic piece of public art that is located near the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center at the corner of Coors and Bosque Meadows Road.
Documentary Video: Flight Path: The Flyway Project, by Albuquerque Public Art program. Aritst Robert Wilson talks about Flyway his latest work that was commissioned by the Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancment program.
Installations in the Bosque
X Marks the Spot! Locate the LAND/ART sites near the Open Space Visitor Center with this handy "Treasure Map." (JPEG file, 633 KB)
Cube Robert Wilson - Cube sketches
An installation made from a segment of fallen cottonwood trunk at its core, and reclaimed heavy-gauge wire coiled sparingly into open rectangular building blocks that will surround the trunk. The significance of Cube is in its symbolic representation of the Rio Grande Bosque: a preserved natural corridor coursing through the urbanization of the Albuquerque Metropolitan area. The cottonwood represents this life-giving habitat.
Three Pole Sculptures
Matthew Chase - Daniel
Images: left, Gourd Pole, 2006; right: Gourd Pole (detail), 2006, Matthew Chase-Daniel
An installation of three pole sculptures composed from natural, locally-gathered materials of the Bosque. "Like a political flag, the sculpture also functions as a signpost. An allegiance to and an alliance with the natural world is expressed, raised high for all to see."
Salt Cedar + Jetty Jacks = Green,
Jill Guarino Brown
An installation that provides a use for the existing Jetty Jacks to become water harvesting features within the Bosque. Located on site adjacent to the walking path along the river.
Sketch for Arboreal Dome and Built Dome, Benjamin Forgey
Constructed of downed, dead cottonwood branches found in the Bosque, the dome is site specific and envisioned as a structure for contemplating the bosque environment, as a place for story telling, tai chi or countless other human uses. It is also a sculpture in and of itself made from the materials found within the forest and in constant "dialog" with the "dome" of branches of the living trees around it. The naturally bleached and barkless branches of the dome would be visible from many aspects along the bosque trail.
Painted Jetty Jacks
Located in the south-east side of the River Loop Trail in the Bosque, Meisner will use organic milk-based paints that are environmentally safe (VOC free) and designed to bio-degrade to re-color the existing Jetty Jacks, altering the appearance of their presence in the Bosque and the viewer's perception of the Jacks in this environment.
Anne Cooper's Land
Art Piece, Los Poblanos Fields Open Space