With that geography, I shouldn't have been surprised at Albuquerque's unique energy. "Quirky Albuquerque," or "ABQ" as the town is known to air traffic controllers and locals, is a stew of old and new.
When I visited recently, I expected history and culture, good eats and interesting sights. And found it all. But most astonishing was the public art. Murals and mosaics covering industrial buildings, edging parking lots and decorating shops. Turns out, ABQ has over 700 public artworks in the municipal collection--more than most cities twice the size.
On a short downtown walk, we discovered art of philosophy,
art of color and joy,
and art with a message.
Funded by a 1% sales tax voted in by residents. Which makes them all artists, in a way.
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