Illusion of Place

Submitted by Jim Hirschfield

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Client: Albuquerque Arts Commission

Location: Albuquerque, NM, United States

Completion date: Jan 01, 2007

Artwork budget: $640,000

Project Team

Artist

Jim Hirschfield

Jim Hirschfield and sonya Ishii, LLC

Artist

Sonya Ishii

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, LLC

Overview

When driving through the Petroglyph monument drivers become aware of a new reality. The design of the road reveals that one is traveling through an out of the ordinary place. We did this through a variety of enhancements that included color tiles, landscaping, etched stainless steel animal images, accordion walls, light boxes, and a pedestrian land bridge. Our intent was for this new chapter in the monument’s history to be a chapter that while different, does not deny its past.

Goals

To prove an artwork experience that was both interesting and respectful of its site in the Petroglyph National Monument

Process

A Design Team Effort between two landscape architecture firms, two structural engineering firms, Albuquerque's DOT, and the artists.