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New Route 66-inspired sculpture dedicated in Albuquerque

Reels and Wheels sculpture, Albuquerque

“Reels and Wheels,” a new public art sculpture in front of the historic Hiland Theatre, recently was dedicated in Albuquerque.

According to KRQE-TV:

The art piece serves a dual purpose as art and as the ABQ Ride bus shelter for the bus stop that sits directly in front of the Hiland Theater on Central.

Riders waiting for the bus can sit on filmstrip spool-shaped stools that are inside of the giant movie reel. […]

Howard Meehan the artist who created the public art piece was selected from a multi-state call for artists that included all of the states along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The Albuquerque Journal shot this video a few weeks ago of the work’s installation:

And KASA-TV made this well-produced video about the artwork and what went into it:

I have to admit, the sculpture looks pretty cool.

The Hiland Theatre opened in 1950 along 4804 Central Ave. (aka Route 66). It closed as a movie house in 1995, but now exists as a venue for NDI-New Mexico dance company.

(Hat tip to Phil; image of the “Reels and Wheels” sculpture via screen capture from the KASA video)

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