Wall murals along train route sanctioned by city
Posted at: 09/26/2013 6:36 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
As KOB Eyewitness News rode the Rail Runner on Wednesday looking for graffiti tags, many passengers said, "We hate the graffiti, but we love the art.*
So we set out to find the art, and found out we didn't have to look very far.
"This is a very visible entrance to downtown," said David Cudney. "I think once we started beautifying it, the city came in and cleaned it up."
For David Cudney, every painting has a life -- a big life, full of lessons. Even on a wall, or a building, the life of a painting can change things.
"This whole area is the border of Wells Park," he said. "(Between) 1st Street and the railroad tracks."
Out of sight from main roads, and tucked on the Rail Runner corridor just about a half mile north of Alvarado Station, a few larger-than-life paintings brighten industrial buildings.
"It was looking pretty shabby back here," said Cudney.
The Wells Park Neighborhood Association decided to give a shabby rail corridor new life. Two summers ago, the corridor became a home for the Wells Park Rail Corridor Mural Project, where big lives are splashed on buildings and walls and share the block with graffiti tags crews are trying to remove from the corridors.
"These are funded by the city," said artist Larry Bob Phillips. "So they're sanctioned in some way."
Phillips gave life to two of the paintings. The city funding is from the City of Albuquerque Public Art and Urban Enhancement Program.
Phillips knows life will always involve a tag or two. When we talked he was painting over one on his own work.
But Phillips says life is precious.
"I think they're both really important," Phillips said. "They're probably here to stay."
The Bernalillo County anti-graffiti unit was out in force this morning to remove tags along portions of the Rail Runner corridor.