Editorial: Barelas teen artists turn ABQ intersection into traffic safety art - Albuquerque Journal

Editorial: Barelas teen artists turn ABQ intersection into traffic safety art

The intersection mural at Fourth and Hazeldine SW is not just pretty public art, it’s also intended to help slow down drivers through the Barelas neighborhood.

Getting motorists to come to a complete stop at an intersection can sometimes be challenging. But police are likely to encounter the opposite at Fourth Street and Hazeldine Avenue SW in Southwest Albuquerque. There, in the middle of the Barelas intersection, is vivid artwork inspired by Albuquerque visual artist Reyes Padilla and designed by a group of teen artists in the neighborhood.

“Sunset Mix” is Albuquerque’s first intersection mural. And it is impressive.

The Barelas Youth Team – comprised of Delilah Montoya, Joseph Furlow, Angelina Lucero, Mercedes Perez-Chavez, Lina Sanchez, Delilah Tapia, Jaylene Torres, Danna Velasquez and Dante Wisch – conducted a door-to-door neighborhood survey and made a presentation of their design to the Barelas Neighborhood Association. From there, the neighborhood association and the Barelas Community Coalition brought in more community input. The teen artists and a crew from Creative Paving Solutions transformed the intersection April 23 and 24 into pavement of art. And the artwork is expected to last because the color sealer penetrates asphalt permanently, says Merlyn Nyght of Creative Paving Solutions.

The city says the mural is part of Albuquerque’s Vision Zero pledge that Mayor Tim Keller signed in 2019 to reduce traffic fatalities. “Art like this can make drivers slow down, notice their surroundings, and become more attentive on the road,” says city spokesman Babaak Parcham, who said a second mural led by artists from the International District Youth Team is in the works for a wall on Louisiana near the Expo Center.

The intersection mural is a jazzy expression of the Barelas neighborhood. It’s also an indication of the vast untapped talent of our local youth.

Kudos to everyone who made the intersection a work of art. And especially the young artists who took the time to make our city a safer, more attractive place.

For more information and photos of the project, visit https://www.artful-life.org/barelas-youth-team-page.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

Nativo Sponsored Content

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Editorial: 'Substitute' solution National Guard, state workers innovative idea
Editorials
The governor deserves credit for thinking ... The governor deserves credit for thinking outside the box when it comes to staffing up our K-12 clas ...
2
Editorial: Study paves way for more NM wildlife crossings
Editorials
Kudos to N.M. wildlife and transportation ... Kudos to N.M. wildlife and transportation officials for converting a sizable data-gathering project ...
3
Editorial: APS should learn it's not above open records ...
Editorials
APS should learn it's not above ... APS should learn it's not above open records law
4
Editorial: Dow backed ethics commission - until it investigated ...
Editorials
Shortly after taking office in 2017, ... Shortly after taking office in 2017, state Rep. Rebecca Dow joined other House members in a 66-0 vot ...
5
Editorial: Game Commission should serve public, not be rubber ...
Editorials
The New Mexico Supreme Court is ... The New Mexico Supreme Court is expected to decide, once and for all, whether a 2017 state wildlife ...
6
Editorial: Tax cut and DOJ plans have merit; but ...
Editorials
Lewis' proposed ordinance would strike existing ... Lewis' proposed ordinance would strike existing mayoral authority to order the closure of ...
7
Editorial: MLK was more than his famous 'Dream' speech
Editorials
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was ... Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a master of the soaring rhetoric of the conscience. His most thought- ...
8
Editorial: Governor, lawmakers have opportunity to join forces and ...
Editorials
There's not a lot of talk ... There's not a lot of talk in Santa Fe these days about expunging criminal records. Or legalizi ...
9
Editorial: Election changes not ready for prime time
Editorials
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Secretary ... Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver are using this upcoming le ...