Rio Rancho plans to add more public art

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE)- There will soon be more public art in one part of the metro. A new group called the “Rio Rancho Arts Commission” plans to put that art where everyone can see it.

“It brings out the true beauty in our little dessert out here,” said Laurita Curley a Rio Rancho resident.

People in Rio Rancho are thrilled with the art they see around the city.

“It will distract you from your daily stressers,” said Jacob Gilliland, another Rio Rancho resident.

Sun Mask is the name of a piece outside City Hall, created by artist Don Redman.

“I came here to vote, but I also saw the structures and I thought wow, this is beautiful,” said Curley as she admired the art.

A spinning sculpture called “Titan Rising,” outside Hewlett Packard was constructed by Greg Reiche.

“It’s important to beautify the city, it definitely increases my well being and I imagine everyone else’s the same,” said Gilliland.

In 2012, the South Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority joined forces with artist Erica Hoverter to create a flood wall covered in her artwork. Complete with images of animals and plants native to New Mexico.

But now, the Rio Rancho Arts Commission created by the city is working to bring even more art each of the six districts.

“The city has been willing to give us a seat at the table in all those discussions, at all those department levels so we can see where we have the best fit,” said Daniel Chamberlain, the commissions chairman.

He said they are recommending places where they can add art and still meet city codes.

“Instead of planting four trees, you plant two trees and you can do one public art piece,” said Chamberlain.

The commission has also proposed putting drought killed trees in medians and are also looking at ways to enhance what’s already there.

“People see our arroyos as a stumbling block in Rio Rancho a lot of times, but they could also be our greatest asset in our open space.” 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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