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The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has commissioned Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois to create a work of art for the UNM-LA campus.
The Local Selection Committee at UNM-LA sought to commission a work that would connect the campus and the Los Alamos community as well as conceptually relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Finalists were selected in March 2012 and a final selection was made in July. Budget for the project is $57,000. Installation will be completed during fall 2013.
The chosen design is a bas relief mural that will be fabricated from reinforced concrete, tinted a terra cotta color. Gadbois’ paint box of materials will include fused glass tiles and ceramic discs. LED light fixtures will provide illumination at night. The design also includes a stone retaining wall, a flagstone walkway and native landscaping. The mural will be 8-feet tall and 18-feet wide.
“The mural faces east and the iridescent glass will be reflected and produce an illuminated effect as you drive along Diamond Drive in front of the campus,” Gadbois said. “You’ll see the sparkle move along the piece as you drive.”
Gadbois took inspiration from ancient petroglyphs, but he decided on the symbols his design incorporates by spending time in the UNM-LA library.
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