The KiMo Theater's Carl von Hassler Mezzanine Murals

The KiMo Theater's Carl von Hassler Mezzanine Murals
by Chris Lucas

The KiMo Theater, built by the Bachechi family, has gone through a few incarnations over the years: By the 1970's, it had become run-down & was showing adult films; soon after it was shut down., so the city bought the building & using grant money, renovated the building & has been running it as a performing arts center with offices upstairs. It is one of only two downtown buildings still utilized today as originally designed--as a theater.
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The Iconic Chevy-On-A-Stick -- Almost 30 years later...

The Iconic Chevy-On-A-Stick -- Almost 30 years later...
by Chris Lucas

Back almost 30 years ago in 1991, the City of Albuquerque unveiled a turquoise-arched gateway to the Ridgecrest neighborhood. Atop of the 26-foot pedestal, sat a ’54 Chevy covered with midnight-blue tiles. It quickly acquired the name "Chevy-on-a-Stick" & back then, it seemed to have caused quite an uproar.
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Netherwood Park & The North Diversion Channel Bike Path

Netherwood Park & The North Diversion Channel Bike Path
by Chris Lucas

Welcome to Netherwood Park, a pie-slice-shaped pocket neighborhood that stretches from Carlisle Blvd & Indian School Road, to University Blvd, on the north side of the UNM Golf Course.  Read More


The Many Sides of the ABQ Museum's Sculpture Garden's Big Head

The Many Sides of the ABQ Museum's Sculpture Garden's Big Head
by Chris Lucas

The public art Sculpture Garden at the ABQ Museum is a surreal site. Located in Old Town across from the impressive Tiguex Park, the outdoor garden is a great prelude to the ever-changing museum shows inside the building. Now walk around the garden & notice the sculptures from different angles--it's a whole new experience with each new gaze at the figures. Below are numerous views of The Head, easy to access & prominently displayed in the garden. Read More


ABQ Museum's Open Air Sculpture Garden: The Head is not included...

ABQ Museum's Open Air Sculpture Garden: The Head is not included...
by Chris Lucas

I love the ABQ Museum Sculpture Garden's Big Head, that rests prominently in front of the museum's main entrance. You can't miss the massive bald head, with it's attached-lobe ears, pointy chin & sporting a concerned look under furrowed brows. With the Explora Museum nearby & across from the 8+ acre Tiguex Park, the sculpture garden helps create a great greenspace corridor in that part of Old Town. The sculptures make you want to linger there longer. 

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UNM Spotlight: Mushroom Shade Structures in Redesigned Smith Plaza

UNM Spotlight: Mushroom Shade Structures in Redesigned Smith Plaza
by Chris Lucas

Steel mushroom shade structures have sprung up in the largest plaza at the University of New Mexico's main campus, Smith Plaza, outside the Student Union. Named in honor of Sherman E Smith for his "outstanding & versatile contribution to the university, his special interest in landscaping made this campus a more pleasant place in which to live & work."
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The MetroABQ's Downtown Art & Architecture Junction

The MetroABQ's Downtown Art & Architecture Junction
by Chris Lucas

June
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Downtown Art & Architecture Junction Map

Downtown Art & Architecture Junction Map
by Chris Lucas

The MetroABQ's Downtown Art & Architecture Junction Map:
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Winter Views of the Sandia Mountain Range, NM

Winter Views of the Sandia Mountain Range, NM
by Chris Lucas

Another reason to love the MetroABQ is the random views you experience, when you're doing something else. Showing a newer home last weekend in northern Placitas, the winter Sandia Mountain view was impressive--the recent dusting of snow looked like confectionary, above. In Placitas, homes often sit on one-acre + lots, & often atop their own hill, overlooking the arroyos below. The distance is deceiving: between the mountains & myself are dozens of hills & arroyos, which often make travel there a bit slow-going. as you must drive around the hills, not through them.

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