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Starting in 2023, commuters in Albuquerque will have an opportunity to ride on ABQ Ride buses that showcase Albuquerque’s rich culture and some of its most treasured traditions.
The City of Albuquerque partnered with Visit Albuquerque, the nonprofit organization that promotes the city as a travel destination, to wrap three buses in the ABQ Ride system with vibrant, engaging artwork that gives riders and passersby a closer look at what makes Albuquerque distinctive and special. Each of the three buses highlights an authentic Albuquerque experience.
A bus is wrapped to resemble the exterior of adobe houses like the ones found in Albuquerque’s Old Town. The design replicates the texture of sun-baked adobe and even features the bright red chile ristras and turquoise doors that decorate many Albuquerque homes.
The Spanish Colonial art of punched tin is showcased on another bus, with intricate scalloped borders and floral motifs created by Jason Younis y Delgado, a fifth-generation New Mexico tinsmith.
A bus wrap that honors traditional Pueblo pottery designs was developed in collaboration with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. New Mexico is home to 19 Native American Pueblos, each with its own artistic styles and traditions.
Printed on each bus is a QR code that links to information about the artist and the artwork.