Downtown

Street art stroll

I think that’s Rachel Bilson of “O.C.” fame, no?
I think that’s Rachel Bilson of “O.C.” fame, no?

To celebrate the Albuquerque sky no longer looking like a scene from Twilight, I decided to go for a walk today. Along my route Downtown, I saw some great examples of industrial decor. Here are a few:

“Al is undesired”: That’s poetry, but I can’t help feeling sorry for Al.
“Al is undesired”: That’s poetry, but I can’t help feeling sorry for Al.
A styrofoam cup lodged itself on a cactus outside Gertrude Zachary’s castle. It was inexplicably beautiful, like that plastic bag in   American Beauty  . ... Or something.
A styrofoam cup lodged itself on a cactus outside Gertrude Zachary’s castle. It was inexplicably beautiful, like that plastic bag in American Beauty . ... Or something.
For those of us who can’t afford a Damien Hirst original.
For those of us who can’t afford a Damien Hirst original.
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Dragon Artist Flies Again

Thanks, person whose signature I can’t make out

It was back at the end of June that a mystery artist created a 50+ foot NeverEnding Story-esque beast on the plastic wrap that masks the Anasazi building’s lower parts. It was beautiful, but I pass the intersection everyday. The piece stayed up so long that I got used to it. I don’t really know when it got washed away, but only looked up one afternoon and it was gone.

A replacement dragon appeared on Monday morning. This one is green! It’s not as long, but still impressive in size. It’s also lumpier. (That’s not really an insult to a dragon.) What I like about these pieces is their fuzziness, their ambiguity. The creatures could be from any mythology. They could be Asian, Eastern European, fictional or whatever. At first glance, I thought the dragon rider was wearing a sombrero. But it could be one of those old-timey jungle explorer hats. Or maybe a fantasy hat of the world from which the dragon hails.

The green behemoth has lips. Or does it? It definitely has teeth. Or maybe it’s just that brush-like stuff whales have. One thing’s for sure, it looks drowsy. I feel you, sleepy dragon. I’m glad we can commiserate as I walk to work each morning.

Green Dragon with Rider
Now until they take it down, 24 hours
SE corner of Central and Sixth Street
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Amazing New Graffiti at Sixth and Central

Possible portrait of Falkor the Luck Dragon

The head
The head

The penny-farthing picture, bearing the phrase “park your car,” that was beautifying the SE corner of Sixth and Central, is gone. This is sad because I loved it so. It was a cheerful, lovely image blip on an otherwise blighted eyesore. It was painted on the tan (read “worst color ever”) plasticy wrap which currently encircles the Anasazi building, presumably to keep it from falling completely apart while someone does something to it.

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The only good news I have (and it’s quite good) is that after the penny-farthing got disappeared, the artist/s returned and put up a new piece. It is a dragon more than 50 feet long, with a big smiling face that greeted me on the walk to work this morning. It is awesome. It’s even worth a trip out into this hot-as-the-face-of-the-sun weather to get a look at it. My pictures do not do it justice.

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The tail
The tail
Atreyuuuuuuuu!
Atreyuuuuuuuu!
Dragon artwork
Friday, June 24, now to when someone washes it off
SE corner of Sixth Street and Central
Tickets: free
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TrashtasticWith Update!

Huge, stinky piles of garbage in alleys today

Between Fourth and Fifth
Between Fourth and Fifth

WTF Albuquerque?

Walking to work today, I noticed a pile of trash outside of its dumpster. Then another, and another. Most of the errant piles o’ crap were in the alley that runs East/West between Central and Gold. But the mother load, the oops-the-garbage-truck-malfunctioned-and-dumped-contents-everywhere cake-taker, is behind our office, in the alley I like to affectionately refer to as Kimo Way.

Between Fifth and Sixth
Between Fifth and Sixth

The smell is like, well, like a waist-high pile of garbage that’s out of its plastic bags and lying in the June sun.

What is going on here?! Who did this? HOW? And, who is going to clean it up?

SPECIAL UPDATE!

We now have an answer to at least one of these pressing questions. Two intrepid workers from the city are shoveling up the mess right now. Thanks to these two nameless heroes who apparently drew the short straws in today’s messy event.

Between Sixth and Seventh
Between Sixth and Seventh
The alley behind the Alibi
The alley behind the Alibi
Thank you, city employee, for helping us out in the alley
Thank you, city employee, for helping us out in the alley
Huge Pile of Garbage
Monday, June 13, 9 a.m. to whenever it gets cleaned up
Kimo Way
Behind 413 Central NW
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Downtown street art offers a penny farthing for your thoughts

This old-timey bicycle / car commentary is the latest tattoo on the Anasazi Building.

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Downtown Action Team’s Promotional Video for Downtown Albuquerque

The Downtown Action Team and Travel Guide New Mexico have teamed up to produce a video promoting downtown Albuquerque as a tourist destination. Nice job, DAT! It’s slick and professional. I only wonder at the decision to gloss over Downtown’s nightlife, mentioned only in passing, when it was responsible for the lion’s share of Downtown revitalization. At any rate, it’s a nice video and Brian Morris could have a future in television.

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