Ku­dos on Paseo, but make it lo­cal

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - Tres Ore­jas

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

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