A look at five public art pieces around the Duke City and the tales they hold

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Editor’s Note:

On the fourth Sunday of every month, Journal Arts Editor Adrian Gomez tells the story behind the hidden gems found throughout the state in “Gimmy Five.”

Hakim Bellamy is an artist.

As a poet, he created it with words and phrases.

As Deputy Director of the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Arts and Culture, he is inspired by the works of public art found around the city of Duke.

In 43 years, the city’s public art program has won more than 1,000 works for the general public to enjoy. The program is also one of the oldest public art programs, with $ 20 million allocated to art.

Bellamy can see a huge number of arts on a daily basis. He chose a handful of works shared with the general public in the downtown area.

“(I) chose the one I’m talking about, not my favorite,” says Bellamy. “All the good stories … at least enough to share … are public art, right?”

1. “Relegation” By Lance Ryan McGoldrick, a temporary art installation on the Rail Yards Market.

“Demotion” by Lance Ryan McGoldrick is a temporary art installation at the Railyards Art Market. (Provided by Albuquerque City)

Bellamy says there is something about the temporary.

“This piece is like a mirage or a chimera when you walk on it,” he says. “When I first saw it, I rubbed my eyes as if I was saying,” Isn’t that right? ” It lights up from the inside (as kids say), like a suitcase in “Pulp Fiction”. It’s intriguing to you where the light comes from, so you’re drawn to look into, and … a wild garden inside a hut, not outside. The sun is also in the hut … with the garden. Yeah, it’s fresh. It’s a reversal of reality and our expectations. It’s immersive and empirical. And I had the opportunity to meet Reims several times. He is a cool guy. “

2. “PIÑATA PIANO” by Adrian Martin is located at the Albuquerque Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque.

Adrian Martin’s “Pinata Piano” is located in downtown Albuquerque, at the Albuquerque Convention Center. (Provided by Albuquerque City)

Bellamy says she has a sentimental attachment to playable public art.

He shared the image of his son playing the piano about three years ago.

“I also played the piano I grew up in. His skills are a combination of the lessons he was taking at the time and playing the piano he grew up in his parents’ home in South Jersey,” he says. “Yeah, all the feel.”

Hakim Bellamy is the Deputy Director of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Albuquerque. (Provided by Albuquerque City)
Hakim Bellamy’s son plays “Pinata Piano” three years ago. (Provided by Hakim Bellamy)

3. “SOUTH WEST VERNACULAR III” by Kenny Davis is located in the mayor’s office on the 11th floor.

Kenny Davis’s “Southwest Burnacular III” is located in the mayor’s office on the 11th floor. (Provided by Albuquerque City)

This is a lithograph acquired in 2014.

Bellamy posted about this work on Instagram about three months ago, stating: I don’t always park under the city hall … but when I park … “

“I love this piece,” he says. “… there are people like me who like food, people who like albuquerque … and people who like albuquerque food! Kenny Davis (@kennydavisprojects) even chimes the” feed “. rice field. It’s like a 2D menu in a 3D menu. “

4. “Merge” by Ramon Garcia is located on the 7th floor of the 400 Marquette NW in the City / County Courthouse.

“Merge” by Ramon Garcia is located on the 7th floor of the 400 Marquette NW in the City / County Courthouse. (Provided by Albuquerque City)

Metalworking was installed in 2009.

Bellamy frequently walks by the works for work at the city hall.

“We can return to the cultural roots of our hometown of Philadelphia and the early types of graffiti art,” he says. “I feel very wild-styled. This reminds me of a long drive home or a train ride. It was a purchase of the Metro Youth Awards, so if the artist Ramon Garcia wasn’t young at the time. It’s very cool that it didn’t, and the fact that the material seems to be much less “flexible” than aerosols is also impressive. “

5. “Jolly Rogers” by Ben Hazard is located at 401 Second St. NW, inside the stairwell wall of the Albuquerque Convention Center West Complex.

Ben Hazard’s “Jolly Rogers” is located at 401 Second St. NW, inside the stairwell wall of the Albuquerque Convention Center West Complex. (Provided by Albuquerque City)

This work was installed in 2014 and is a relief. This is an engraving technique in which the engraved elements remain attached to a plain background of the same material.

Bellamy says Hazard died in 2019. I had the opportunity to work with Hazard when Bellamy was still working at the African American Department of New Mexico (OAAA).

“It was more than a decade ago, and the’office'(OAAA is sometimes called in the community) worked with the city to request a sculpture of the Buffalo Soldier at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park,” he said. increase. “I’m honored to be working on the project with him at the time and portraying a black soldier in telling the history of New Mexico. He was always kind to me.”

Bellamy states that this work is more Impressionist and is a departure from the symbolic sculptural work that Hazard was famous for.

“I’ve always thought that this piece of his work reminds me of the Jolly Launcher (color, shape, luster), not the Jolly Rogers,” he says. “But hey, sugar will kill you! Some say that the phrase Jolly Roger comes from the French Joli Rouge, because the skull and crossbones of the pirate flag were originally red instead of black. I can do it.”

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