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Public Art at City Hall
In fall of 2007, the city put out a call to artists from Sandoval County to submit their ideas for a piece of public art that could be created and added to Rio Rancho’s new City Hall.

The intent of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process was to add a piece of art to enhance the visitor’s experience while at City Hall.

A total of six proposals were submitted with artist Jaymes Dudding proposal titled “Chaco Rising” being chosen by a selection committee consisting of District 3 City Councilor Delma Petrullo, City Hall architect Greg Hartman of Hartman + Majewski Design Group, and several city staff members.  Mr. Dudding’s piece was chosen by the selection committee using criteria such as experience / background of the artist, quality of rendering submitted, quality of past projects, and quality of proposal submitted.

Chaco Rising
“Chaco Rising” represents a modern interpretation of the ancient Sun Dagger Solar Calendar at Chaco Canyon.  Between 900 and 1150 AD Chaco Canyon, located in northwest New Mexico, was a center of culture for ancient Pueblo people. Dudding’s piece recreates the phenomena of the Sun Dagger petroglyph, which during the summer solstice, created a single band of light that, bisected the center of a rock spiral. Additional light fell on a nearby petroglyph that marked the spring and fall equinoxes. Only recently, for unknown reasons, has this regular occurrence ceased to exist.   

close up image of Chaco Rising Art at City Hall 

In addition to the piece of public art, four informational plaques surround the structure and provide markers for North, South, East, and West.

Work at City Hall related to this project began in December of 2007 and was completed in March of 2008.

Total project cost was $13,785. Funding come from City Councilor discretionary funding. Councilor Petrullo allocated $3,785 while other City Councilor’s contributed $2,000 each.

Officially dedicated on April 23, 2008.  

image of Chaco Rising public art at City Hall