Yep, it seems pretty strange to talk about regional airports but having flown a good bit in the last couple of years I’ve come to appreciate even more the comfort of coming through my home airport, the Albuquerque Sunport.
For many visitors this is their first glimpse of New Mexico. It’s only two levels with a couple dozen gates, basket weave brick floor, with a handful of shops and restaurants. Plenty of bathrooms and small enough to navigate easily.
The New Mexico influence shows the moment you step off the jetway. Chunky furniture in “Santa Fe” style is a tip-off. But if you can, pause as you walk to the baggage claim and take in some the of artwork by famous and not-so-famous NM artists.
Notably, don’t miss Dream of Flight by Lincoln Fox. This life-sized bronze stands at the junction of the airport’s only two concourses and depicts an American Indian shaman with a flying eagle.
Other pieces include a classic painting of a buffalo dancer by John Nieto, large mural panels in the old-fashioned pictorial style by Pop Chalee, fantastic oil landscapes by Wilson Hurley, traditional weavings, pottery and quirky mixed media collages. You might note how much of the New Mexico outdoors is mirrored in our artwork. A more complete list of the works at the Sunport may be seen at http://www.cabq.gov/airport/sunport-information/sunport-arts-program/terminal-arts-collection
Welcome to New Mexico!