Thursday, May 08, 2014

Public Art and a Little Mystery ... Solved

Entering Las Vegas, NMMonday afternoon, before the quilt guild meeting,  I spent some time walking around the plaza in Las Vegas, NM.  I appreciated the warm sunny day, interesting architecture and public art.  After driving for an hour across the miles of open space, entering the town of Las Vegas felt like a return to civilization.

Thread Bear Quilt and Yarn ShopThread Bear is located near a corner of the Plaza.

 It's one of the many buildings with interesting architecture that wrap around the square.

(Yep, that's a windblown me reflected in the window.)

Interesting Architecture Building on the Plaza

Plaza Hotel

The PlazaThe plaza itself is a rare expanse of green grass, trees and public art.

A young family were enjoying ice cream cones as I walked around and enjoyed the day. It was already beginning to feel like summer–it seemed impossible that there had been snow there less than a week ago.

Here are photos of three of the sculptures on the plaza: El Campesino by Peter E. Lopez; A madonna by Margarita R. Mondragon and what looks to be a yet unidentified work in progress (carved from a downed tree?)

Bandstand and El Camesino on the Plaza El Campesino

Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Back of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Sculpted from a fallen tree?

Political signs aren't art, but they were an indication of the upcoming election.

Signs of the upcoming Election

Navajo Textiles, Inc This abandoned building made me curious about what Navajo Textiles, Inc did there.

I poked around online and found only a reference to packing parachutes here during World War II in the description of someone else's photo.

I asked the quilters I met with later that day and they didn't have any local history to share, but they did have the answer to another question I had after walking around the plaza.

Mysterious Sign on the DoorNext door to Thread Bear, there's a doorway, with beautiful oak details and this lettering.

What was a door, complete with gold lettering, from Wyoming doing in Las Vegas, New Mexico?

My aha moment came when, at the end of the guild meeting, someone asked if, "they had started filming again."

I don't watch Longmire, but I knew it was filmed in New Mexico and so I put 2 + 2 together and my little mystery was solved.  I did find this photo–a still from the show–on IMDB that shows two of the characters standing just outside the door

Apparently Longmire's Sheriff's office is next door to the quilt shop, which also has appeared in the show.  I've added it to my Netflix queue, to check it out. I may be quilting with Sheriff Longmire soon.


Terri said...

Nice little town, LV NM. I love Longmire, but it's hard to know when it's on. It's one of the off season series. Nice to know where it's filmed - I'll be watching for the architecture next time. Thanks for the heads up.

Glen QuiltSwissy said...

Wow, it looks like something I would be watching! Good looking guys, horses and out west crime solving!

thanks for the neat tour of a city I have never seen before!

Bridget said...

One day when they were filming, we were inside the classroom at ThreadBear, sewing. Outside was a shouting crowd attending a political rally in Absaroka County, Wyoming. Good times.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Sophie, did you visit Montezuma Castle (Armand Hammer United World College) just outside of Las Vegas? My son used to have occasional chess tournaments there. If you didn't go, maybe next time you are up that way you should check it out. Here's a bit of info from Wikipedia:

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