Barrio de la Cañada | 2013

The City of Santa Fe’s Art in Public Places commissioned this permanent public project for an existing entryway of the Barrio la Cañada’s neighborhood on Santa Fe’s southwest side in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Primarily built during the 1960s, Barrio la Cañada’s current population is representative of the broader Santa Fe population, and the area has a long and rich history, including a unique relationship with Japanese Americans via a World War II internment camp.

The Santa Fe River bounds the neighborhood on the north and Agua Fria Road on the south. Camino Alire forms the eastern boundary, with the intersection of Camino Alire and Paseo de la Conquistadora serving as the main entrance into the neighborhood.

The commission asked for work that acknowledged the area’s considerable history while reflecting on the neighborhood’s current vitality. The LSC was interested in work that created a site of community-wide significance and identified the Barrio la Cañada’s as one of Santa Fe’s iconic neighborhoods.

My goals for the project were to give every person living in la Cañada the opportunity to enter into a dialogue about their neighborhood and the ability to be equally capable of inventing translations. Accordingly, I came up with ways to engage the community that would also ultimately generate ideas, shapes, and forms that I then used as a repository or ‘material set’ for the invention of the final creative work.