CityLab and the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning are planning and designing two installations for the upcoming "Heart of the City" collaboration led by 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW. The exhibition opens on Saturday, Feb 1 from 6-8 p.m.

The first is a video installation on the façade of the CityLab building at 505 Central on the corner of Central and 5th Street. The gallery is brought to the street. The second part of the work is a gallery installation in which the street is brought into the gallery. The artists all have a common interest in the power of the ephemeral landscape to transform urban space. They are interested in installations that engage with the site in a critical manner, prompting rupture and pause in the state of distraction that comes with an automobile centric, digital age. We are motivated by context, theory, practicality, materiality and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary of the every day. 

Lead artists are landscape faculty members Alf Simon, Katya Crawford and Sue Frye. They were assisted by five students.

ABQ UNM CityLab is a partnership between the City of Albuquerque and UNM School of Architecture and Planning. As a creative and collaborative venue in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, it provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in classes, seminars and to work with City officials and residents on issues around Albuquerque’s growth and revitalization.