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V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011

Downtown

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.

V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011

Downtown

Downtown street art offers a penny farthing for your thoughts

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

V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011

news

The Daily Word, starring Robert Gibbs, Lady Gaga and Randy Quaid.

The Daily Word

A deadly Egyptian cobra is loose in the Bronx Zoo.

Facebook may hire Robert Gibbs, Obama’s former press secretary.

Teens get sad when they can’t tell Facebook is full of phoneys.

What the heck is Earth Hour? I guess it was Saturday.

Scientists have created an amazing plastic from fruit fibers and this is the last you will ever hear of it.

Learn how to write a Manifesto and read some that others have written.

All animals are tasty in a city under siege.

Urine-boiled eggs are also tasty, but the recipe is hard to read.

Hear the song “Star Whackers” by Randy Quaid.

See the Colorado UFO.

A misunderstanding caused Tolkein to reject Maurice Sendak’s Hobbit illustrations.

There were almost some snakes on a plane.

Big Brother tracks you with your cell phone.

There’s a magazine for the gay military.

Share in the scientific passion for severed heads.

I ain’t gonna pee pee my bed tonight.

Vandals hit the Albuquerque Karting Club hard!

DCF reports on crippling new developments in the Lead/Coal Construction.

Something might finally happen with the Anasazi building.

Albuquerque may get a new nudie bar.

A drunk driver hit five people in a parking lot at 4770 Montgomery (Graham Central Station?) yesterday.

Take Ben Radford’s Chupa Challenge for a quick $250.

Happy birthday, Lady Gaga.

Thanks to Geoffrey Anjou and Tom Nayder for today’s un-boring links.

V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011
Anasazi Building

news

Choppers buzz above the Anasazi building

Downtown pedestrians are looking skyward this afternoon toward the abandoned Anasazi building on Sixth Street and Central. A dozen or more police cars have established a perimeter and helicopters are flying overhead.

Construction stopped on the 10-story, 90,000-square-foot shell of a building in October 2008. Today, at 3 p.m. APD got a call about several people inside the Anasazi. The caller said they were removing copper, according to public safety spokesperson T.J. Wilham. One person has been arrested, and police dogs are sniffing out the others. This isn’t the first time thieves have broken into the building to scout copper, according to Albuquerque police.

In June 2010, the city boarded up the building because it was so easy to get into. In August, the Alibi interviewed the rainbow warrior who dripped ROY G BIV down its side. What’s next for Downtown’s condo turned eyesore turned art piece turned copper mine?

V.19 No.52 | 12/30/2010

Culture Shock

Former Alibi Arts Editor Remembers the Rainbows

Now that I live 5,000 miles away from Albuquerque—in London, a city as gray and lusterless as the stereotype—it’s easy to think of all the things I miss: sunshine, foamy beer and green chile chicken enchiladas probably top the list. But the unexpected one, the one that all the artsy hip Londoners would scoff at, is a painting on a building. Sure, London is supposed to be a street-art Mecca and there are tons of pieces all over the place, from Banksy to Space Invader to less well-known artists, but they all lack the kind of life that the Central rainbows embody.

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ROYGBIV and the Anasazi
John Bear

Year in Review: Arts & Lit

Year of the Rainbow

Art faves for 2010

Albuquerque didn’t have a months-long Marina Abramovic show to torture us into art world obeisance (the “Grandmother of Performance Art” sat immobile for more than 700 hours in the Museum of Modern Art). But 2010 was a year of exhibitions, performances and people that have come to define the alternative position our city is carving out in the larger art world.

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