About the Fresco
“I want to bring my children here so they know that they live in a city where a wonderful piece of art is created,” Mayor Richard Berry.
Covering an area of over 4,000 square feet in a covered building known as the Torreon, the Fresco protrays nearly 3,000 years of Hispanic history. From the ancient cave murals of Altamira in ancient Spain, to the colossal images of the Olmec civilization of Mesoamerica the Fresco on the campus of the NHCC in Albuquerque’s South Valley, traces the many centuries of history that make up the legacy of the Hispanic people in all their variations.
Master artist, Frederico Vigil, is a native of Santa Fe and know throughout the world for his many murals utilizing the ancient art from buon fresco wher ehte painting of images is done on surfaces first prepared by several coats of limestone plaster. From Mexico to the Middle East and the ancient cutltures of the Mediterranean, the process of fresco has been the means by which we study those civilizations.
All those who have visted the Fresco have come to realize that one cannot take in all that is on the walls in one visit. Over years, over decades, and hopefully over the centuries, this work of art will become one of Albuquerque’s most visited attractions. It is already one of the largest and most complex Frescos in North America.