Murals by Frank Buffalo Hyde & Jamison "Chas" Banks
presented by Wells Park Neighborhood Association & 516 ARTS in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Public Art and Urban Enhancement Program
Fall 2012 - Spring 2015
The Wells Park Rail Runner Mural Project is a neighborhood initiative intended to beautify and improve the Rail Runner corridor between Mountain Road and Interstate 40, to support local artists and encourage youth participation in the arts. At present, the rail corridor is the very visible “entrance” and “exit” to downtown Albuquerque by the Rail Runner’s over 117,000 riders per month and the large national audience of Amtrak. The murals are intended to enhance both the image of the area and the experience of the rail passengers. Several murals are now complete and visible from the Rail Runner commuter train.
2013 Murals Feature Native American Artists
516 ARTS and Wells Park Neighborhood Association teamed up again in the summer of 2013 to present two murals in conjunction with the concurrent exhibitions at 516 ARTS, Air, Land, Seed and Octopus Dreams which focused on contemporary Native American artists. These exhibitions were part of the series of programs titled Place/Displaced, which addressed cultural identity through the significance of place. The lead mural artists completed the murals, with the help of youth apprentices from Working Classroom, on August 8, 2013.
Frank Buffalo Hyde, who traces his heritage to the Nez Perce and Onondaga, says his mural, titled Patternation, is "an investigation of pattern as tradition, pattern as generations and the breaking of patterns where we find hope. Symbols are the vocabulary we communicate with non verbally. I believe we are all hard wired to understand them."
Jamison "Chas" Banks is an enrolled member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe and the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma. His mural, titled Inland Empire: A Suspended Animation, references the Louisiana Purchase, the largest land acquisition in the history of the United States, and the dreams of imperial power symbolized by Napoleon. Banks says "Glory, grandeus, occupaion, defeat and exile, these are the commonalities of New World domination."
All photos 2013, courtesy of David Cudney
The Wells Park Rail Runner Mural Project is spearheaded and directed by David Cudney, a Board member of the Wells Park Neighborhood Association and director of The 5G Gallery at the Factory on 5th arts complex. He joined together with 516 ARTS to develop the project on behalf of the Wells Park Neighborhood Association.
The 2012-2013 Wells Park Rail Runner Mural Project was made possible in part by The City of Albuquerque Public Art & Urban Enhancement Program, The FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Wells Park Neighborhood Association, Intel Corporation and local business supporters.
Images: (top) Frank Buffalo Hyde, Patternation