Albuquerque neighborhood revamps abandoned sign

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An abandoned sign in downtown Albuquerque is about to get a major makeover.

The sign is located just west of Old Town tucked away on 6th Street in front of the Harwood Art Center.

The yellow frame has been empty for years, but that’s about to change thanks to Harwood and Friends of the Orphan Signs.

“Our goal is to create a public artwork through the help with neighbors, friends and families from this community that reflects the goals and visions of this neighborhood,” said Harwood Art Center Community Outreach Coordinator Jennifer DePaolo.

The two groups are hosting community art days this month. People who live in the neighborhood can share their stories and images. Then their creations will become part of one giant piece of art.

“We believe that art, more than anything is a catalyst for bringing people together, taring down boundaries and letting all voices be heard, so we hope the sign is a reflection of that,” said DePaolo.

“It’s about showing that art we can express ourselves as a community and grow that way,” said Christopher Bratton.

Bratton is a fourth generation New Mexican. Saturday, he created a collage of what he said the Albuquerque community represents.

“This is my collage. I’m mixing everything together,” he said.

Dipped in paint, covered in a mix of accessories, Bratton said his artwork is a symbol of what the downtown neighborhood is; a mix of people from all walks of life.

“Just like neighborhood and community is a growing, living thing so is the sign,” said DePaolo.

The next community art day is Saturday at the Harwood Art Center from 1-3 p.m.

Harwood hopes to have the new sign installed within the next couple of months. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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