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Explosives artist chosen for Ashley Pond art

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By Tris DeRoma

A new art installation was approved for Ashley Pond Park by explosive artist Evelyn Rosenberg.

County council approved $65,000 from the Arts in Public Places funds to pay for the creation and installation of the piece by the Albuquerque artist.

“I think it will be a good complement to the pond,” Councilor James Robinson said. “I look forward to seeing what she’ll come up with for this county. I’m sure it will be great.”

Rosenberg already named the piece “Multiverse,” according to Ozment. The project’s dimensions are roughly 10 feet by 4.5 feet by 2 feet. Rosenberg’s creations are called “Detenographs,” where small, controlled explosions are used to create the layered sculptures, with natural and manmade objects placed between the layers during the process for added effect.

Rosenberg works with the Energetic Materials and Testing Center in Soccoro to create her art.

The artist was a runner up in the selection for an art installation in front of the County Municipal Building.

Councilor David Izraelevitz was the only one who voted against the project.

“I love the artist, I love the title, I love the location… I love everything about it, but I hate the process,” Izraelevitz said. “We can’t say that because of prior work by the same artist, even the same style, that somehow we should reduce the public process.”