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Artworks arise amid cottonwood and sedge in Santa Fe area preserve

SANTA FE, N.M. — This past weekend had to be the ideal time to visit The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve at La Cienega. The cottonwoods were peaking in bright yellow against and deep blue sky.

But that wasn’t the only plus. Axle Contemporary has set up an exhibit “Wilderness Acts” with installations along the preserve’s paths. Most are made from natural materials and some blend into the landscape so much you need the signs to point out the human intervention.

Others are woven into figures or objects that stand out but still harmonize with their surroundings.

The works are on display through the end of October, and the preserve is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

No guarantees on how long the vivid leaves will remain on their branches.