‘One Albuquerque’ sculpture to maintain shifting »Albuquerque Journal

The sculpture “One Albuquerque” is on a flatbed trailer next to a pile of earth and a garbage container in the ABQ BioPark zoo in a photo that an affected citizen sent to Councilor Trudy Jones.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The city’s massive “One Albuquerque” sculpture is definitely doing the job.

And apparently that’s on purpose.

Albuquerque Councilor Trudy Jones told The Journal on Friday that she was “horrified” to learn that the 17,800-pound sculpture is now on a flatbed trailer in an outdoor construction and maintenance yard at the ABQ BioPark Zoo is parked.

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She shared a photo a concerned citizen had sent her of the sculpture on the trailer parked next to a pile of earth and a dumpster.

Due to its weight, the sculpture could not be placed on the actual Civic Plaza, which covers a parking garage below. The free-standing sculpture was placed at the corner of Third and Tijeras near the southeast corner of Civic Plaza last August.

Members of the Advisory Council of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico quickly protested, saying its placement was a hazard, especially to blind people, and violated ADA compliance rules past and present.

City spokeswoman Jessie Damazyn said Friday that this was one of the considerations the city considered when it spent more than $ 5,000 lifting the sculpture onto a flatbed trailer and dragging it into Balloon Fiesta Park where she remained exhibited on the draped trailer with a skirt during the annual balloon festival.

In fact, it was always planned to keep the sculpture as a mobile display “and to move it to major events all over the city all year round”. Now that it’s on the trailer where it’s going to stay, the cost of getting it from location to location is minimal, she said.

The peripatetic sculpture will next be brought to the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden in time to be included in the River of Lights Christmas exhibition, which opens on November 30th.

Jones also said she had concerns about the $ 53,000 cost of the sculpture – of which $ 39,000 came from renters’ tax revenue for marketing purposes and $ 14,000 as a gift from the National Senior Games Organizing Committee.

In addition, she turned down the nearly $ 10,000 that Mayor Tim Keller’s government had spent to remove the old blue signs at the popular panhandling intersections and replace them with new orange signs.

The previous government’s old signs urged the scammers to call Citizen Contact Center 311 for help finding food and shelter, and urged drivers to donate to a United Way fund rather than money to the scammers to give.

The new signs encourage citizens to “give the gift of protection” by contributing to donateabq.org. The money goes to the One Albuquerque Housing Fund.

Jones said the sculpture and sign money could have been used to feed the homeless and provide them with vouchers for housing.

Damazyn noted that earlier this week the city wrote a check for US $ 25,000 from the One Albuquerque Housing Fund to Barrett House, an emergency shelter for women and children, to provide permanent protection to several families.

The One Albuquerque Housing Fund has raised around $ 35,000 since its inception, Damazyn said.

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