Friday, April 08, 2011
Bernalillo County’s 1% Public Art Program is nearing completion of “Solar Disc”, a new Public Art sculpture at the Metropolitan Assessment and Treatment Services (MATS) facility on Zuni Road in Southeast Albuquerque. The first-of-its-kind sculpture for the Albuquerque area is a tensile, light refractive, 16 feet tall freestanding sculpture made with holographic glass. The creator, Ray King, is an internationally-renowned artist who drew inspiration for this piece from Native American pottery patterns and ancient symbols such as the Tibetan mandalas, Dutch folk art hex signs, and Chinese Bi.
The pure color of refracted sunlight exhibits a shimmering silvery iridescence that is unpredictable and ever-changing. In choosing “Solar Disc,” the Bernalillo County Arts Board sought to enhance the MATS building and reflect the facility’s mission of restoration and healing. County staff and Art Board members worked with the site and neighborhood representatives in developing the proposal for the installation.
Passersby and MATS clients will be greeted by a brilliant display of jewel-like natural colors. “I envision this sculpture as a symbol for hope and healing, to uplift the spirits of those seeking help at the MATS facility,” says artist Ray King. “I hope that it will serve as a beacon of light for the International District.”
The Bernalillo County 1% Public Art Program was established in 1992 with the adoption of the County’s Art in Public Places Ordinance, revised in 1997. The program is funded by one percent of the county general obligation bonds passed during the general election every two years (not including library bonds).
Public art can:
· Energize public spaces, inspire thought, and transform arenas where we live, work and play
· Heighten awareness, question assumptions, transform the landscape, express community values,
and help define a community’s identity
· Provide an economic benefit for a community–by attracting visitors and supporting artists and local businesses
“The Arts Board is honored to be a part of this project,” saysChairman of the Arts Board Paul Waters. “It is an example of how the county, through a cooperative effort has enhanced the quality of life in our community.”
County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, whose district will be home to the new sculpture, said “Our County Arts Board members did a terrific job in choosing “Solar Disc” to complement our MATS facility. It is a truly innovative and exciting work that captures the imagination and the mission of MATS to bring light and hope into our clients lives.”
Bernalillo County is pleased to present this new 1% Public Art piece to the community.
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