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Albuquerque stairwell fresco will let visitors walk through wine history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A local artist is working on a huge project at the Albuquerque Convention Center. While he still needs a few more years to finish it, on Tuesday, KRQE News 13 got a sneak peek. The artist hopes the giant fresco in the stairwell will give a new perspective to his project.

Artist Frederico Vigil is working on a 2,500 square foot fresco. He said it took months just to layer the walls before drawing over it with the same pigment used in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.

"We're at the sinopia stage now, which means we're getting the design on the wall with the color," said Vigil.

The fresco is tucked away in a stairwell at the convention center. Vigil said a stairwell is a unique place to showcase art.

"The perspective as you walk down or walk up and having to look around, surrounded by a piece of art fresco is unique," said Vigil.

From discovering corn in Meso-America, to stomping grapes in Armenia and how people studied the sky for harvesting, the fresco will let visitors walk through time.

"The overall theme in all of this is the history of wine in the world," said Vigil. "But mainly coming locally because New Mexico is the oldest wine region in North America."

Showcasing how ancient practices developed into modern day New Mexican wine.

"That overlapping, that blending of culture we have here especially in the foods and the wine," said Vigil. "It's gonna be nice to educate and New Mexico wines are fabulous." 

Vigil said a lot of people pass through the stairwell daily, so he's hopeful they will stop and take a look. In the meantime, he's also teaching people the art of fresco painting in a studio underneath that stairwell.

The entire fresco project costs about $293,000. That money comes from city bonds reserved for art projects.


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