New public art structure celebrates Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Route 66 is celebrating a big birthday, and people might notice a nice change as part of the celebration.

To celebrate, the commissioned “Reels and Wheels” public art structure was unveiled during a block party over the weekend.

The art piece serves a dual purpose as art and as the ABQ Ride bus shelter for the bus stop that sits directly in front of the Hiland Theater on Central.

Riders waiting for the bus can sit on filmstrip spool-shaped stools that are inside of the giant movie reel.

“If you drive by at night it’s lit up and it’s absolutely beautiful,” said Bernalillo County spokesperson Julie Morgas Baca. “So if you don’t have a chance to stop by today, drop by, drive by and look at our beautiful masterpiece.”

Howard Meehan the artist who created the public art piece was selected from a multi-state call for artists that included all of the states along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. 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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