Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

hands-on art.(Journal North)

A literal hands-on art opportunity was extended to the public Wednesday evening at Frenchy's Field at the dedication for a new monument commemorating El Camino Real.

The double-spiral artwork by Catherine Widgery -- "Trail of Dreams, Trail of Ghosts" -- represents the intertwining physical and spiritual journeys of native and Spanish peoples, according to the artist. One smooth wall is intended to replicate Spanish architecture, while a second, rough wall mimics native building techniques. A few dozen members of the public left their mark on the piece by placing their handprints in wet concrete in the center.

"Trail of Dreams, Trail of Ghosts" will be officially dedicated at 4 p. …

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