Botanical Mural Project

by Pastel

LOCATIONS:
Tower Plaza Building
510 2nd St. NW

Sanitary Tortilla Factory
401 2nd St. SW

The Botanical Mural Project features two new murals in Downtown Albuquerque by renowned artist Pastel (a.k.a. Francisco Diaz) from Buenos Aires, Argentina for Cross Pollination. Pastel, who is both an architect and a muralist, has created murals all over the world, most recently in France, Norway, Belgium, Ukraine, and the Philippines. Using his distinct visual language, he fills immense wall surfaces with patterns based on local flora of the region. His botanical references address history, geography, and society, while exploring the relationship between urban art, architecture, and city life.

Pastel describes his street art as "urban acupuncture," saying: "Modern cities are full of 'non places' because of irregular and non-inclusive master-planning... Working with symbolism of local flora, the murals create a dialogue about the nature of human beings and our surroundings." In consultation with Cross Pollination exhibition curator Valerie Roybal, Pastel chose to work with and interpret images of the following native plants: Arbutus xalapensis, Verbana neomexicana, Clematis drummondii, Cercocarpus breviflorus, Artemisia tridentata, Aloysia gratissima, Amorpha fruticosa, and Mahonia trifoliolata. 

Pastel was assisted by Mick Burson, Erin De Rosa, Nichole Johnson, Dillon Mahoney and Linda Skye.

Tower Plaza Building
510 2nd St. NW 
The south and west facing walls at the corner of 2nd St. and MLK Blvd. across from the Convention Center dramatically showcase the work of this international artist while enhancing an otherwise drab or 'unnoticed' cityscape.


Sanitary Tortilla Factory
401 2nd St. SW
The North Facing wall of the building on Lead Ave. at the corner of 2nd St. marks the public gallery for the Sanitary Tortilla Factory, which also houses artists' studios and a sculpture residency program. This building is an anchor for the revitalization of the block of 2nd St. between Lead and Coal that is transforming into a destination for creative businesses and artists.

Video generously contributed by Noor-un-Nissa Touchon.

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The Botanical Mural Project consists of two mural sites:

Botanical Mural Project TF Completed lighter sky web

Francisco Díaz’s is included in the Cross Pollination gallery exhibition at 516 ARTS later this year (August 19 – October 28, 2017).

Very special thanks to project supporters J.J. Mahoney & Associates, the Sanitary Tortilla FactoryThe City of Albuquerque Public Art ProgramSherwinn-Williams, and Benjamin Moore Paints / Coronado Paint and Decorating.

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Image: Francisco Díaz, completed Botanical Mural Project, on the Sanitary Tortilla Factory in Downtown Albuquerque, part of the exhibition Cross Pollination at 516 ARTS (August 19 – October 28, 2017)