Kudos on Paseo, but make it local
Hey, I like bright LEDs and short-attention-span images as much as the next person, but there was a big problem with this year’s Paseo, namely, the crowd-unfriendliness of the Space Cloud.
How long did people have to wait in that painfully long line before they could finally get inside? How quickly were they hustled through? Why did artists have to be imported from all over the world when we have a fine creative community here in Northern New Mexico? How much did it cost to bring them here?
We need some clarity on the concept of public art. The stilt walkers were great; they mingled with the people, who were clearly having a good time despite the frustrations of the waiting line in Kit Carson Park. The Gleamscape installation in Parr Field got it right: available, interactive, mesmerizing.
Kudos to all those who are continuing the tradition of the Paseo, but please, let’s bring it back home, investing in local talent and readily accessible displays. And while we’re at it, please consider installations that can be appreciated at any hour of the day. Let’s show the kids that there are other materials than microchips and LEDs that can be used to make public art--all the evocative, real things that surround us in this unique natural environment. KATHY GOSS