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BernCo Commission Approves Purchase Agreement for Asian American Monument Public Art Sculpture

03/28/2018
12:03 PM
Larry Gallegos, O (505) 468-1273, C (505) 228-6668 - lagallegos@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – The County Commission tonight, on a 4-0 vote, approved a motion authorizing the County Manager to approve an artwork purchase agreement with Cheryll Leo-Gwin and Stewart Wong. These artists are the creators of an Asian American Monument sculpture, "View from Gold Mountain" will be located on the West side of the Second Judicial District Courthouse.

“The sculpture will inform the public about the contributions that Asian Americans have made to advance civil rights through use of the judicial system,” says Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, sponsor of the measure. “This Asian American Monument will honor of the landmark civil rights ruling from Territory of New Mexico versus Yee Shun (1882) which granted Chinese Americans the right to testify in court and have their testimony accepted.”

Dr. Siu Wong initiated the project and raised $275,000 - $100,000 from in legislative appropriations in 2015, $155,000 in 2016 and $20,000 from the City of Albuquerque.

Through a national call for artists, the Asian American Monument Committee of New Mexico requested artists or artists’ teams to submit qualifications for designing a public art sculpture.

Through the selection process, artists’ team Cheryll Leo-Gwin and Stewart Wong were selected for their design “View from Gold Mountain” The project uses symbols and metaphors that refer to not only Chinese culture and honor the Territory of New Mexico v Yee Shun case but are also universally understood by cultures around the globe.

"As a visual artist, I use narrative imagery to bring forgotten history to the forefront. The histories I am interested in have to do with issues of social justice and celebration of the human spirit,” says artist Cheryll Leo-Gwin.

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Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $630 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.

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