On the corner of Montano and 4th Street NW, with a car wash behind it, and a Dunkin Donuts on it's side, stands this impressive tile mosaic piece, titled Tree of Life. I like the fact that so many of these pieces of art are in very busy, ordinary places; they often provide a sensory surprise, because of their unexpected locations.
According to the plaque at the base, "This artwork recognizes the imagery of early cultures that influenced the peoples of Mexico and New Mexico. The black and white figures are animal images from Native American Mimbres pottery. The colorful figures are images from the Maya culture."
While the front side is curved, the back side of the piece is flat, but just as beautiful.
The next piece of public art I photographed stands on the corner of 5th and Copper, beside the downtown library. It is titled Metal Pages. I love the way the blue of the sky is reflected in the shiny metal. From certain perspectives, it almost looks like clear glass.