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Public Art for Kids

Public art that you might find interesting.

What is Public Art?

Public art is a work of art that is in a public space and/or was paid for by public money. To be considered public art, it needs to be visible to the public. Here in Albuquerque, 1.5% of any city-funded construction project is set aside for artwork. So, whenever we build or renovate a public building or space, like a library or a park, a small amount of money goes to an artist to create art that can be enjoyed by anyone!

Check out the links below to find out more about Public Art and download the following Public Art to color in your own way! 

With nearly 1000 works around Albuquerque, there is so much to see! Just remember, access to buildings is currently limited, and if you visit an outdoor piece, remember to be safe and practice physical distancing.

If you would like to schedule a presentation about Public Art in your school classroom or looking for Public Art Education Resources  please email Mandolen Sanchez at [email protected].



"Throne of Nyoka" by Keith Oliver at the Rio Grande Zoo was made using over 30,000 marbles! Rio Grande Zoo: 903 10th St SE

Large throne covered in brightly colored glass marbles and mosaic tiles.
Three-dimensional stainless steel capital letters of the English alphabet falling from the side of the library and piling up on the ground.



"Alphabet Soup" by Pete Beeman is located at the Erna Fergusson Library on San Mateo Blvd. Erna Fergusson Library: 3700 San Mateo Blvd. NE



"Gorilla Route 66" was created by Sarah Perry and lives at the Department of Solid Waste building: 4600 Edith NE

Gorilla sculpture made from recycled tires and a steel armature.
Top portion of a large, globe sculpture created using 600 steel interlocking Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout fish cut-outs.



"Fish Globe" by Colette Hosmer was installed in 2007 at Tingley Beach: 1800 Tingley Drive SW



"La Serpentina" by Rogelio Madero greets visitors and locals alike at the Albuquerque International Sunport: 2200 Sunport Blvd. SE

A large "ribbon" of purple steel winding along a wall at the airport.
A large-scale, blue ceramic tile monument of a 1954 Chevy atop a large arched pedestal.



"Cruising San Mateo" by Barbara Grygutis has become an iconic artwork in Albuquerque. San Mateo at Gibson SE



"Kick Flip Sequence" by Michael Whiting is at the NW Quadrant Skate Park: Seven Bar Loop and Coors Bypass NW

Three pixelated figures representing a skateboarder performing a kickflip.
Installation of 100 angle irons with the tops painted blue, arranged as an allussion to birds that inhabit or make seasonal migrations in the Rio Grande Flyway.



"Flyway" by Robert Wilson references migratory birds and can be seen near the entrance to the Open Space Visitors Center on the West-side: 6500 Coors Blvd NW

Watch a video about this interesting artwork.



"Aluminum Yucca" by Gordon Huether sits off of I-40 in Tijeras Canyon

Polished aluminum sculpture of a yucca.
Mosaic benches made with color ceramic tiles depicting spirals, natural forms, and other patterns.



"Poet's Plaza" by Cassandra Reid consists of four mosaic tiled benches positioned in a circle outside of Harwood Art Center: 1114 7th Street NW



"Kimo the Cat" by Michele VandenHuevel lives outside the Eastside Animal Care Center: 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE

Bronze sculpture depicting a cat with one paw on the back of a bench.
Bus stop canopy and benches made from recycled auto parts.



"Vehicle Stop" by Erika Wanenmacher is a whimsical shelter outside Explora Science Center and Children's Museum: 1701 Mountain Rd NW



"Albertosaurus Sternbergii"and "Pentaceratops Sternbergii" were created by David Thomas and greet visitors to the New Mexico Natural History Museum: 1801 Mountain Rd NW


Bronze sculpture of an Albertosaurus Sternbergii, a large carnivore of the Tyrannosaur family. Bronze sculpture of a Pentaceratops dinosaur.