The Cuckoo’s Nest, or, What You Hustlin’, Brother?

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Following our work on the Quantum Bridge project, Albuquerque muralists Roberto Reyes and Faustino Villa proposed to me that we might do some collaborations in which, working from my design, they would execute complex color treatments in spray can, with me completing the black line in brush as always. This is our second attempt, completed in eight days, probably half the time it would have taken me to do the whole thing in brush.

Photos: Roberto Reyes

Quantum Bridge
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2013
Lead Artist: Aaron Noble

Muralists: Faustino Villa, Noah Kessler, Lillian Dieterman, Anthony Lugones, Miguel Figueroa, John Reid, Samantha Griego, Ernest Encinias, and Bianca Sanchez

Sponsors: 516 Arts, Warehouse 508 & New Mexico Xtreme Sports, City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, Keep Albuquerque Beautiful, and Albuquerque Community Foundation

I was invited by 516 Arts to work with the youth muralists of Warehouse 508 to execute this huge mural on the side of their own building. We went through a long design/ discussion process via Facebook and Conceptboard. The final design incorporates many of their ideas including bone and crystal motifs, color scheme decisions, and the whole final section of lettering. Actual work took about six weeks.

When we started work, in late October, the wall was so hot that the paint was steaming as we applied it. By the time we completed the work, in early December, temperatures were below freezing and we had to point a 350,000 BTU propane heater at the wall to prevent the paint from freezing.