New downtown mural inspiring neighbors |

New downtown mural inspiring neighbors

Eddie Garcia
May 03, 2017 06:56 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- If you drive on Lead often, then you know you're most likely going to spend a lot of time stopped at the light at Broadway.


But that's not such a bad thing now.

Drivers now get to enjoy this brand new mural, painted by popular New Mexico artist Thomas Christopher Haag. His work is already having an effect on the neighborhood.

Right across the street from the new mural is the owner of another art studio. He's a disabled veteran. He said something like this not only brightens the neighborhood, it also helps him work through his issues.

Martin Saavedra normally creates art involving woodwork. Now he can't take his eyes off the new mural.

"This wall here brightens things up here so much it's a celebration of life and I think a lot of art is like that, so I'm happy to see it here," Saavedra said.

Saavedra moved to the artistic neighborhood last year to help cope with injuries he suffered while in the military.

"I needed something to occupy my time because I'm so sick. So I started doing wood inlay and I just taught myself and started winning awards and selling all my stuff so it's been a good thing," he said.

It's one more good thing downtown as artists here continue to be inspired by each other's work.

"Prayer, meditation and the result it art," Saavedra said.


Eddie Garcia

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