Native American Pottery Replicas Installed Along NM 4

New pottery installed Wednesday on N.M. 4 near Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New pottery installed Wednesday at Bonnie View and N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


It has been a long time in the making, but following much planning and public input, an art proposal is now a reality in White Rock.

First suggested by the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee when the new Visitor Center was still under construction, the project involves placing a series of six large Native American pottery replicas – like those at the Albuquerque airport – along the N.M. 4 corridor through White Rock.

The project concept involves a historical progression of pottery styles associated with San Ildefonso Pueblo, from prehistoric to contemporary. The concrete pot forms have been produced by the same firm that made the ones in Albuquerque, and a group of San Ildefonso artists, descendants of the original inhabitants of the Pajarito Plateau selected authentic ancestral designs and painted them on the replicas.

The pieces range in size from four feet tall to an eight foot diameter plate in the style of Maria Martinez, and are distributed along both sides of N.M. 4.

Project costs run between $100,000 and $140,000. Sufficient funds to cover this project are available in the Art in Public Places account, which was created by an ordinance that sets aside 1 percent of the cost of Capital Improvement projects (1/2 percent of road projects) for public art in Los Alamos County.

The APPB is tasked with making art recommendations to the County Council, which has final authority on expenditures from the account.