One Albuquerque Sculpture Dons Mask in Thank You to Health Care Heroes

Sculpture located on Central Avenue outside Presbyterian Hospital

May 14, 2020

The City of Albuquerque has partnered with local artists in a special demonstration of gratitude to central New Mexico’s health care heroes on the front lines of the coronavirus emergency. The City recently moved the One Albuquerque sculpture to Central Avenue outside of Presbyterian Hospital as a show of support to doctors, nurses, and staff who are working day-in and day-out to save lives. With the help of local artists, the sculpture is also sporting a specially made mask complete with New Mexico–themed fabrics to remind people of the importance of wearing a face covering when they leave their homes.

“We are eternally grateful to every doctor, nurse, respiratory therapist, hospital custodian, and everyone working so hard in our hospitals and health care facilities around Albuquerque,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “They are on the front lines saving lives, and this is a small way we can show them how much we appreciate them.”

The City’s Parks and Recreation and Cultural Services Departments partnered with local artists on the project. Melissa Hart of Stitchology, a local fabric store, brought a team together to design and sew the mask for the sculpture. The mask is white with a large red heart in the middle, while the mask’s border features brightly colored Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls.

The sculpture is also accompanied by a banner hanging alongside the trailer it sits on that reads, “Albuquerque, we are one. Thank you health care heroes!”

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