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Dec 21

Art That Keeps Giving

Posted on December 21, 2021 at 1:48 PM by Ceci Vasconcellos

Art That Keeps Giving

If you’ve ever doubted the power of public art, take a trip downtown to the Plaza de Las Cruces during the holidays and observe children and adults playing and laughing around the oversized Christmas gifts, snowmen, penguins, sleds, the Polar Express, and taking silly (and serious) selfies in front of the giant Christmas tree to share on social media. 

Temporary installations like the decorative structures on the Plaza create a festive and interactive destination for residents and visitors alike. They also illustrate how public art doesn’t have to be serious and can add energy to a place, making it engaging for everyone. 

Exhibits, temporary and permanent, can bring other spaces alive throughout the city when we match the proper place with the right idea. Imagine permanent public artworks that define our neighborhoods or parks as must-see destinations. It’s exciting how much opportunity there is to implement more public art throughout our community! 

Looking forward to the creative work we have ahead of us as we welcome the new year. We wish all of you a very merry holiday and healthy, prosperous New Year. 

Man posing behind snowman photo prop. Silly family photo in Sled photo prop.
Two kids posing behind snowman photo prop.Person posing behind Gingerbread Boy photo prop.

Family posing in front of Christmas tree

Photo Caption: Being silly with my family. Photo above from left to right - Marina, Vincent, me, Mark and Christine. (All photo credit: Christine Madrid)

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