ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL : Hispanic Center Commissions New Sculpture by Paula Castillo to Honor Lujans

By Adrian Gomez / Journal Arts & Entertainment Editor


A subtle new work of art will soon add to the magic of the National Hispanic Cultural Center campus while paying tribute to a couple who were instrumental in its creation.

After a request for qualification was issued in March for a project for the Plaza Mayor, New Mexico-based artist Paula Castillo was chosen to install her work at the center.

“The request for qualification said the art couldn’t be on the actual Plaza Mayor,” Castillo said. “Then I started to look around and see what else is there. I saw a shadow being cast and wondered if I could design something around it. I obviously didn’t want to encroach or change the beautiful facade to the building.”

Rebecca Avitia, NHCC executive director, said about the piece, “I believe it will be a focal point to the campus. It adds a little bit of femininity to the angular and masculine campus.”

Avitia said the exciting part about the piece is that is will be interactive.

“On Virginia Lujan’s birthday, the piece will cast a shadow, and what will be seen are four Easter lilies,” Avitia said. “On Edward Lujan’s birthday, a shadow will be cast in a different way.”