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12
Nov
Morningside Park

Eucalipto and Roblan 2002 -- The Morningside Park GLBT Civil Rights Dedication Sculpture

Chris Lucas
I
November 12, 2020

There is an interesting sculpture in Morningside Park that's easy to walk past without realizing just what it is. Two steel tree sculptures stand across the sidewalk from each other in the middle of the park, their branches reaching out into the world, while their roots hold them firmly to the ground...Created by Miguel Fernandez Ponticu, it's called Eucalipto & Roblan, & it recognizes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & queer peoples struggles for civil rights & gender equality since the first PRIDE celebration in the MetroABQ in 1976.

It's a cool, subtle, duo-sculpture, installed in 2009 as part of the MetroABQ's One Percent for Art program, which can be found in & near Nob Hill, & all over the city. The plaque reads:

"We do not ask for our rights on bended knee. We demand them, standing tall, as dignified human beings. We will not go away." -The Advocate, 1967.

The artwork is "further dedicated to those who continue to show the diverse branches of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender (& Queer) Community."

The next time you see it in the Nob Hill park, stop by & read the rest of the text--it's another great part of Nob Hill.

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