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Las Vegas, New Mexico Road-Trip: Two Sculptures

Art above & below...

Where the Great Plains meet the Mighty Rockies describes Las Vegas, New Mexico, very well. It's a convergence of many different gregarious personalities, all coexisting in a fantastic hamlet on the edge of the mountains & the plains.

As always, there are different & eclectic things to see.

Above is quirky, modernist sculpture called Arabesque. Created by William Goodman, it was funded back in 1996 by the NM Art in Public Places Program. The sculpture sits on a hill on the campus of NM Highlands University, which itself sits adjacent to the northern run of Gallinas River Park Trail. The second college that calls Las Vegas home is the United World College, which lives a bit further up the canyon in Montezuma.

Below is an almost 140 year-old stone-built home on Grand Ave, the original Las Vegas Mainstreet, near the railroad station. It's currently for sale & of course I had to go see. It's a work of art...that's seen better days. The city has expanded & evolved around & beyond the 1400sqft building.

Built in 1883, it's still in amazing physical condition, with a seemingly intact structure, even the lath-&-plaster walls. Notice the burgundy corner quoins, how crisp they look even now. As it was built before indoor plumbing, a single bath was added onto the back. It's definitely in need of some new love & a complete top-to-bottom rehab. I'm not in the market to refurbish such an antique.

It's a beautiful piece of sculptural, structural artwork, though, which can be had for only $89,950. Almost a bargain...Thx for reading.

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