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Posted by admin on July - 12 - 2011 | 2 Comments

A replica of the Spirit of St. Louis under the vigas in the great hall

I flew out of Albuquerque this weekend, heading to Salt Lake City to spend the weekend with my kids.  I was all about the destination, looking forward to cooler temps and maybe, just maybe, some rain, and lots of good company.

What I forgot until I arrived at the Airport is that the Sunport is it’s own destination.  Visiting the Albuquerque Sunport is like visiting an art gallery – in face, you’re surrounded by art before you ever park your car (Love the “Running Horses” at the entrance to the parking garage. . .). 

Gray Mercer's Running Horses at the parking garage

The vigas in the great hall are unlike anything you’ll see in airports across the country, and the sculpture dividing the two gate terminals has always taken my breath away (and in the early days, frightened Johanna with its mass and form).

Sculpture at the entrance to the gate terminals

So next time you’re on your way to a destination outside New Mexico, get to the airport ten minutes early so that you can take a look around.  Not only is the architecture quintessentially New Mexico (the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988), the interior is it’s own work of art.  Housing other works, of course.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Betty terry says:

    Wow! Makes me want to fly somewhere–leaving from Albuquerque. It’s been awhile since we were in that airport.

  2. I enjoyed the photos…I have never been to the Albuquerque airport..but then I enjoy seeing all of your photos. I hope your trip to Salt Lake City was wonderful and temperatures cool!

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