So what did you think of Santa Fe?
Each morning you wake up with an amazing sunrise and each evening with an amazing sunrise. The whole place has very long horizon views 360 degrees around with a mountain range background and loads of native plants, shrubs and grass. Its very relaxing after escaping the manucured lawns of suburbia in San Francisco. In Santa Fe, they usually build much of the area in adobe style housing, which has a deep connection to the Indian background nations that lived or live around Santa Fe. Some of the banks and even gas stations are done in adobe fashion as well. In 1912, they passed a law that all the downtown would be built in this fashion to encourage higher tourism.
Interesting enough it was founded before Plymouth Rock in 1610 by the Spanish settlers. Before it came under Spanish, Mexican and then US rule, it was founded by the peoples of Pueblo in around 900 so the historical connection is fairly deep considering the rest of American cities. It was founded around a river that is slowly drying up and now only is filled seasonally as the rains are moving away from the area. Interestingly the Pueblo people actually drove out the Spanish briefly from 1680-92. By 1848, first Texas tried to take New Mexico and then US army came in and took it from the Mexican rule. One of the important changes was the railway on the town.
Actually, they decided the first pass would be more practical to stop south of Santa Fe and then later was extended to the city of Santa Fe. This had a pretty drastic impact on the town as a business stop and the economy started to sync. Because of its economic decline, the citizens re-imagined it as an art destination. In the early 1900s, the first pottery markets were organized in Santa Fe.
What are the bizarre aspects of the town?
Are there any other government experiments in the area?
How do you think these government projects affect tourism?
I'm sure some of the higher paid scientists drove much of the art collecting to some extent. The guide at the Los Alamos Manhattan Project center was exactly like the whack job scientist in Independence Day. I bet you $100 they used him as the type cast in the movie.
Well, downtown its still the bread and butter of selling Indian jewelry, pottery and rugs primarily. There are a few painting galleries, but not as many as I expected. The majority of the art galleries are east on Canyon Road. There are nearly 300 art galleries in Santa Fe itself. I would say the atmosphere of the heavy tourism, amazing landscape and art density are an artist paradise if you live and breathe art. 24/7.
Which other famous artists lived in Santa Fe?
Do you have any artwork related to Santa Fe?
I do have one artwork related to the construction of the Atomic Bomb in Los Alamos. My painting dwells on the arms race between the Soviet Union and the US soon after the 1945 creation of the very first atomic bomb. The Russians ended up creating the single most powerful bomb of 50 megatons, the Tsar Bomba.