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Illusion of Place

Client: Albuquerque Arts Commission

Location: Albuquerque, NM, United States

Completion date: 2007

Artwork budget: $640,000

Project Team


Jim Hirschfield

Jim Hirschfield and sonya Ishii, LLC


Sonya Ishii

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, LLC


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.


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


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