Railyard Art Project

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The Railyard Art Committee seeks self-funded public art and performance projects for temporary installation in the Railyard Park + Plaza.

Community Artists, Designers and Innovators:

The Railyard Art Committee (RAC) invites both individuals and creative teams to propose visual and performing art projects that are vital, lively and experimental for temporary installation within the Railyard Park + Plaza.

RAC will select thoughtful, playful art in the context of social, cultural expression and environmental sustainability.  Such issues may include – but are not limited – cultural heritage, site history, ecological restoration, and the building of a sustainable future.  Most importantly, projects should emphasize community enjoyment, engagement and participation.

The Railyard Park + Plaza was designed as a Cohesive Urban Art Environment and is a work of art in itself.  RAC encourages a continuation of the collaborative spirit that remains at it’s core.  Joint efforts across disciplines — artists, designers, scientists, historians, hydrologists, and many more — will be welcomed interactions with the original design.

All applications for installations, artworks and performances of a temporary nature that comply with the usage policies of the Railyard Park + Plaza are welcome. A limited number of honoraria, up to $500, are available for exemplary projects.

For more details or questions contact  To submit an application, click here.  A successful submission will include an email confirmation.

Railyard Art Projects

Shadow Light Lens – 2016

By Don Redman.  These stationary stainless steel sculptures represent an exploration of kinetic responses.  Sunlight penetrates through the surfaces and creates and array of continuously moving shadows as the sun traverses the sky.

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Green Coyote – 2015

By Don Kennell.  It is a 13-feet tall, 16-feet wide, and 10-feet deep sculpture constructed of up-cycled automobile sheet metal on a steel frame.


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Wheelbarrows – 2015

By Douglas Mehrens. This is a series of 11 brightly colored, powder-coated wheelbarrows with accompanying steel figures.



Currents 2015: Santa Fe International New Media Festival:

The Festival brings together the work of established, unrecognized and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the world.  More information at


World Water Day Multimedia Installation – 2015

A collaboration of the Water Engineers for the Americas and Magnetic Laboratorium.



Blue Gorilla – 2015

Created by local artist Don Kennell, commissioned by the Philadelphia Zoo for their Second Nature exhibit. Made of salvaged automotive sheet metal, the 13 foot tall piece highlights the habitat destruction of endangered lowland gorillas.


Railyard Pianos – 2014

Tierra Encantada Charter School Piano Project


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 Home Is… – 2014

“Home Is…” Interactive Project by Bobbe Besold

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Meow Wolf – 2013

Art Collective Meow Wolf displayed their colorful art in and around the Roundhouse Ramada at the Railyard Park.




Axle Contemporary – 2013

Renga Project




Ongoing installations in the Railyard Park and Plaza are housed in the back of a custom retrofitted 1970 aluminum stepvan.  Axle Contemporary is an art gallery on wheels hosting installations, performance, and thematic group exhibitions of works on paper, including photography, drawing, painting, and limited edition prints.

Yard Dog – 2011

By Don Kennell.  The 1,200 pound, 20-foot-long, 12-foot-high, 6-foot-wide corrugated sheet-metal sculpture was a very popular interactive art piece at the Railyard Park for over a year!

Art Cubed – 2012

By Raymond Peterson.  The “interactive sculpture/painting” allowed the viewer to rotate each of the three 30″ inch cubes creating numerous variations.

Natural Helpers – 2012

“Before I Die…” or “All the Reasons to Live” was presented by New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project.  A group of junior and high school students brought awareness in a positive way through this art installation.

Music Under the Watertower

During the beautiful summer months in Santa Fe, local jazz group “Swingset” performs at the Railyard Plaza Watertower from 5 to 7 pm during the Last Friday Art Walk which happens every last Friday of the month from May through September.

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