(Some pretty amazing) Rio Rancho Public Art Part I
“Titan Rising,” says artist Greg Reiche, describing the image above, “is a landmark sculpture designed for the front of the Hewlett Packard building Rio Rancho’s City Center. The design was inspired by the desert landscape with it’s frequent “dust devils” as well as the flow of information emanating from and entering into the building and its occupants. Designed as a kinetic piece, it silently rotates at one revolution per minute.”
“Sun Mask, above & below, was a commission from the State of New Mexico for the Rio Rancho City Hall. The challenge was to turn a former reflection pond into a beautiful, welcoming, and inviting space with site appropriate materials.” …from the artist Don Redman’s website.
Gateway to Lupus, two above, is by artist Matt Lutz, a Rio Rancho art teacher; the piece is found in the Rio Rancho City Center–UNM Building. The piece changes from different perspectives.
Chaco Rising, above, by artist Jaymes Dudding, also sits in the open courtyard at the Rio Rancho City Center. He says that “Ancient Solar Calendars exist around the world” and his is an homage to the ingenuity of the Chaco people. At the right time of day during the Summer & Winter solstices, you can see his solar calendar “Sun Dagger” illuminated between the layers Chaco. Architect Bart Prince did something similar at the Mead/Penhall House.
Above is called “Bevel Sandia.”
From Finance New Mexico: “While public art isnt a major job creator and its merits cant be evaluated with traditional performance metrics, advocates argue that it contributes to economic development in multiple ways: It highlights a communitys cultural assets, builds community pride, draws people together from inside and outside the city and enhances the natural and urban landscape.