MurosABQ shows greater than 100 artistic endeavors on the partitions of Duke Metropolis »Albuquerque Journal

Wall painter Victor Ving paints a 1930s style postcard on the wall of the Bristol Donut Co. building in Central and Bryn Mawr NE. This is Bing’s 37th mural; He travels the country and paints murals. (Jim Thompson / Albuquerque Journal)

Some walls are to be torn down.

In the case of MurosABQ, the walls highlighted on the website are meant to bring people together.

Since social distancing is the talking point these days, Sandy Hill’s website offers people a chance to see the many public murals around Albuquerque.

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“In Albuquerque, our walls bring people together,” says Hill on her website. “In our vibrant city, you will not only express our diverse culture through the color of our skin, but also through the color on our walls. Take a trip to the heart of who we are and discover Albuquerque murals. “

Hill’s journey to creating a space where art can be viewed anytime began after a trip to Buenos Aires, where she had a tour with Graffitimundo, a nonprofit that celebrates street art.

She then designed the site through her Studio Hill Design.

According to Hill, some cities like Buenos Aires are realizing the value of their public art.

When she returned to Albuquerque, she saw an opportunity to build a useful resource for getting the Albuquerque murals visible and sharing them with visitors.

In the past few weeks, Hill has added 12 more murals to the website, which now lists more than 100 murals, plus a location, photo, and brief biography of the artist.

Visit the website and you will see the names of prominent artists – both international and local. The city is full of gems by artists like Sam Flores, Cloudface, Frederico Vigil, PAZ, Jaque Fragua, Benjamin Johnston, and Jodie Herrera.

“We’re excited that the site has a lot more traction,” says Hill. “It was my dream from the start. There was a lot of work on the front end. It took a lot of people to help us. “

Hill started the project as a public service.

With no budget or time, Hill says, the site was abandoned about a year ago.

Then she applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“We have that,” she says. “Within a week of finding out, the city got this money from the state and they wanted to use the money to work with us on the site. It was foreseeable for a long time. “

Hill says there are plenty of hidden gems in MurosABQ.

Take, for example, a mural by famous street artist Sam Flores on 111 Fourth SW.

Flores was born in New Mexico, where he lived for the first 20 years of his life until he packed up and moved to San Francisco in 1995. His pictures are inspired by his years as a graffiti artist, but also contain elements of the visual arts. He has a keen eye for color and contrast and creates fascinating stories that make you feel like you’ve fallen into a rabbit hole.

“This mural is in a real alley,” says Hill. “People are planning their trip to Albuquerque to see this mural specifically. It’s an important piece of art history in New Mexico. “

Hill says there are many murals that are gemstones.

“You just have to take the time to open your eyes,” she says. “MurosABQ helps visitors find their way around it. You can do the trip alone. Or take the virtual tour. It’s an amazing tool. “

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