A collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico




  The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program

July 2009
at the Open Space Visitor Center

Robert Wilson, Flyway, digital rendering, an Arts Board recommended finalist for the Open Space Land Arts competition

In conjunction with LAND/ART, the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program issued a call for entries for a major, original work of permanent Land art to be located at the Open Space Visitor Center. Over 60 entries from around the world were reviewed. There were a wide range of ideas presented dealing with environmental issues, interaction between human beings and nature and the impact of growth and encroachment. The selection committee chose five finalists to further develop their proposals: Nobuho Nagasawa of New York, Joshua Wiener of Colorado, and from the mid-Rio Grande region, Robert Wilson, Ryan Henel and Cesar Perea.

The finalists' models and visual materials were on public display at the Open Space Visitor center in July 2009. The Arts Board's recommended finalist proposal for the winning project was on display in Second Site at 516 ARTS (August 1 - September 19), and the piece will be constructed in 2010.

The Selection Committee included members of the Albuquerque Arts Board, City Council staff, Open Space Division staff, neighborhood representatives, professional artists, academics, design and planning professionals.

The Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM 87120

Special Guest Speaker

Thursday, November 12
De/Briefing: Land Art, Public Art, and Planning for the Future of Albuquerque
, talk with joni m palmer
at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/museum

This event was a presentation by joni m palmer to explore the future of land art projects through the City of Albuquerque's Percent for Art Program and other collaborative approaches. Current discussions about public art and land art tend to suggest either an all inclusive or oppositional approach (definition, even). This talk was intended to provoke a deeper conversation between the two, exploring the gray areas as well as the black and white, and for questioning intentionality, audience, and collaboration as they are relevant to the future efforts of the City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program.

Site Projects

in partnership with Richard Levy Gallery

Marc Schmitz: Spaces for Open Minds
Installation June 25, 2009 (No longer on display)
Site Project Presented by Richard Levy Gallery in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program and Parks & Recreation

Marc Schmitz, Space No. 6, photos courtesy of Richard Levy

Space No. 6 was a public art sculpture created by conceptual German artist Marc Schmitz for LAND/ART in Tiguex Park. Spaces for Open Minds are sculptures created for experience. The large funnel shapes allow viewers to encounter the sky and their environment like never before. These spaces eliminate the chaos of the every day and provide tranquility as the viewer peers up into the blue. Conversely, the viewer becomes the conduit from which the sky opens to the earth. Nothing stands between the viewer and the sky, creating a totally immersive moment of self-realization. Since their conception in 2003, Spaces for Open Minds have been installed throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and are now for the first time in the United States as part of LAND/ART.

Marc Schmitz has been creating conceptual paintings, installations and interactive public works since the 1990's. Schmitz studies Philosophy and Fine Art in both Munich and Berlin. His work revolves around themes of time, space and knowledge. Schmitz currently lives in Berlin and Mongolia and exhibits around the world.

Space No. 6 from Spaces for Open Minds was located in the northwest corner of Tiguex Park across the street from the Albuquerque Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Tiguex Park, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque. map

Miguel Arzabe: Sierpinski Gasket
Installation August 2, 2009
Site Project sponsored by Richard Levy Gallery in partnership with The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the City of Albuquerque

Miguel Arzabe, digital rendering for Sierpinski Gasket, courtesy of the artist

The Sierpinski triangle follows a set of simple instructions that are repeated indefinitely. It has been studied as a model for self-organizing natural and biological systems. Some have theorized that the Paleolithic cave artists were like shamans, retreating to remote locations and ceremoniously imbuing the imagery of animals with magical properties in order to promote prosperity for the hunt. Sierpinski Gasket, by San Francisco based artist Miguel Arzabe, was inspired by the notion that these early artists were attempting to affect positive change on their environment. In contemporary society our hunt for knowledge is dependent on technology. At the source of this technology are mathematical mental models such as the Sierpinski triangle. Arzabe seeks to unite this technology source with ritualistic painting in his installation. For the Sierpinski Gasket, Arzabe hand troweled local earth, stencilling the triangle onto the museum exterior. The mud works as a votive offering to the earth, and a reconcilliation of the importance of technology with our inevitable dependence on the natural.

Located at The Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/museum/

Stuart Frost: Portable Grove
Installation scheduled for September, 2009
Site Project sponsored by the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program in partnership with Richard Levy Gallery and Parks & Recreation


Stuart Frost, Portable Grove, photos courtesy of Richard Levy

English artist Stuart Frost breathes new life into dead trees by transforming raw organic materials into something new and captivating. Frost developed a technique of pyrography in which intricate patterns are defined by scorching the surfaces of dead trees. These eleborate patterns are loosely based on 19th century wallpaper motifs. Frost received his M.A. in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London. He has established himself as a contemporary environmental artist interested in the ephemeral characteristics of natural objects. He travels all over the world temporarily transforming landscape before the environment ultimately destroys the work. His installations remind us to appreciate the fragile beauty in nature that we often take for granted in our everyday lives.

The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program commissioned Stuart Frost to create a small portable grove of trees using his signature pyrography technique. This portable grove was initially installed along Mountain Road for LAND/ART and later moved to other areas of Albuquerque.

More details available soon.

The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program
P.O. Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103
t. 505-768-3833


LAND/ART concluded November 2009. This site is in the process of being archived.
Web site produced by 516 ARTS.