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Jul 01

Postcards from the Art

Posted on July 1, 2022 at 10:12 AM by Ceci Vasconcellos

Vacation – time off to travel to a new destination or a favorite home away from home or taking day trips to nearby hot spots for a quick getaway. Whatever your choice is, one thing you can count on finding wherever you go is public art.  

Public art is sometimes very visible and a possible destination on its own. Often, it is a hidden in the backdrop of whatever place you are visiting and can be a special treat when you find it. Recently, I attended a conference in Washington, D.C. and as I was walking through a nearby neighborhood, I saw two beautiful murals painted on building walls. Because they just happened to catch my eye, it felt like finding a dollar on the sidewalk or seeing a celebrity at a restaurant; random, not super important but kinda thrilling and fun. An experience I felt compelled to share with friends.  

Marilyn Monroe Mural on side of building

Elephant Mural on side of building

Interesting public art murals found on my trip to Washington D.C.. 

The art that is unique to places may surprise you with an unexpected story or experience that enriches your visit and extends the memory of the area. Or at least, provides you with a souvenir photo to show when you are back home. 

Steer sculpture made from wood and steel standing on street corner in Truth Or Consequences

Wood and metal steer sculpture found in Truth or Consequences, NM.

We invite you to take photos of any public art you see next time you travel and post it on your social media. Tag us on Instagram @lcpublicart or FB @lascrucespublicart. Or share it by email to We would love to see what treasures you find! Inspire us to visit new places – to think, “Do I wish I were there?” and of course, remember to take your out-of-town guests by some of our public art to enhance their Las Cruces experience!  

More Examples of Public Art in Nearby Places

Yucca plant made of aluminum located in Albuquerque

Metal Yucca located in Albuquerque, NM.

Large scale sculpture with tiled mosaic depicting a flower and rootsTiled mosaic sculpture located in Carlsbad, NM.

Mimbres mural on side of building

Mimbres mural in Deming, NM. 

Ruidoso Postcard style mural with ski lift and theatre chairs in front

Guess where this postcard mural is located?

Green metallic abstract sculpture in TaosSculpture located in Taos, NM.

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