Group claims ‘One Albuquerque’ sculpture not ADA compliant

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- A group is claiming Albuquerque’s newest art sculpture is dangerous for people with disabilities.

The National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico says the city’s 17,000-pound ‘One Albuquerque’ sculpture, currently off of 3rd Street and Tijeras, is not ADA compliant. Specifically, it said the blind cannot detect the barrier with a cane.

The city recently put potted plants around the sculpture but the group said there needs to be a more permanent solution.

“Something that’s a little bit more encompassing and something that could keep us from hitting our skull or shoulder,” said Tara Chavez with the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico. “We want to make sure we’re around to have a seat at the table and talk about these issues.”

In response, the city said its goal is to be inclusive and that it would be happy to meet with the group to address its concerns.

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