Our Favorite Public Art Sculptures & Where to Find Them

We get that there are lots of activities we’re being told we cannot or should not do right now but we’re focused on helping you find positive, meaningful ways to spend this time. Fresh air and a trip to see some public art remains a fantastic option to keep you and your family active and engaged while still maintaining safe social distances. Fortunately, there are lots of outdoor spaces with public art sculptures awaiting exploration here in Albuquerque!

Here are our top 10 public art sculptures that celebrate our city’s vibrant culture and heritage. This list only covers a fraction of the incredible public art you can find in our city. Check out the interactive Public Art Map here

Artist: Robert Wilson
Location: 6500 Coors Blvd NW (Open Space Visitor Center)

Flyway is made from recycled jetty jacks and pays tribute to the Sand Hill Crane. The sculpture embodies the characteristics of the birds and the world they inhabit and gives visitors a sense of walking through the Bosque with trees all around and a blue sky above.

Artist: Andrew Shows
Location: Lomas at 8th St.

This colossal serpentine is constructed from steel plates which were salvaged from the floor of a factory warehouse. The snake’s body zigzags along the sidewalk both vertically and horizontally.

The Fallen Friend
Artist: Jesus Moroles
Location: 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE (Veterans Memorial Park)

The Fallen Friend consists of 84 white cement pylons set in four concentric circles memorializing New Mexico’s veterans.

You Are Here
Artist: Rachel Stevens
Location: 10400 Universe Blvd NW (Ventana Ranch Park)

The five steel windows that comprise You Are Here, frame the landscape that characterizes Ventanas Ranch Park. Each window is a design and color indicative of New Mexico’s vernacular buildings. The windows are mounted atop cast concrete benches (bancos), which serve as seating for park visitors. Sitting and observing one’s surroundings through the windows is an invitation to slow down and appreciate one’s place in the world. Hence, the title of the sculpture, You Are Here.

The Guradians
Artist: Nora Naranjo Morse
Location: 4200 Hannett Ave NE (Altura Park)

The forms are intended to be guardians of the neighborhood; sentinels that symbolize the spirit of the community.

Aluminum Yucca
Artist: Gordon Huether
Location: 100 Camino De La Sierra NE

Aluminum Yucca was made from salvaged hollow aluminum fuel tanks from F-16 military aircraft. At night, the sculpture is illuminated by a slow-moving, solar-powered color wheel that recreates the hues of the Albuquerque desert landscape.

Artist: Michael Metcalf
Location: 11516 Summer Ave NE (Jeanne Bellamah Park)

This sculpture incorporates sleek welded stainless steel spires that suspend a rugged granite boulder from the Gila Forest.

Dawn Light
Artist: Ed Vega
Location San Mateo & Hannett Ave NE (Worker’s Memorial Park)

Dawn Light is a series of abstract, orange steel sculptures which stand quietly, even mysteriously, and are reminiscent of Stonehenge an ancient rock sculptures believed to be arranged in alignment to solar patterns. The shapes in Dawn Light may remind you of rays of sunlight.

Centric Shear
Artist: Rico Eastman
Location: 103 Lomas Blvd NW

Centric Shear is a large steel sculpture composed of massive curvilinear shapes which spiral together in a sequential, upward gesture.

Holes in Our Hearts
Artist: Steve Borbas
Location: 1100 Louisiana SE (Veterans Memorial Park)

Holes in Our Hearts is a memorial sculpture honoring the 400 New Mexicans who died during the Vietnam War – the message walls in concrete, steel and travertine, with 400 holes, for connections to family, friends and everyone who want to leave messages, flowers, gifts, photographs, and thank yous for service.

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