In a few days I will have completed my four week stay in Albuquerque. I have lead a simple existence here, spending all day, six days a week in the print studio and one day a week doing laundry, shopping for groceries, and going to a movie. I have loved every minute of it! It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to be so focused on making art!
This simple existence has meant that I have not been out and about exploring the city. My travels have been limited to taking a bus along Route 66 from my apartment (red dot on map) to the studio, 14 blocks away (blue dot) to the movie theatre downtown (green dot.) As limited as my excursions have been, I have encountered a great many murals. This leads me to think that there are lots of murals elsewhere throughout the city. From the location of the murals I have seen, I have concluded that most have been commissioned by private building owners. Nice!
I noticed that many of the murals incorporate existing features of the building’s architecture into the mural images. For instance, a door in the wall becomes a door in the image. This mural is painted on the back wall of a restaurant. It faces an alleyway, yet the mural incorporates two real doors while the windows, tiles, signage and potted trees are painted.
And this one uses an existing fan in the wall as the propellor of the airplane and a door and mechanicals are incorporated into a painting of a building. Clever!
Here are more.