The UNM LoboScape shares the Lobo experience with each Sunport traveler
LoboScape is a visual installation that welcomes travelers as they exit the revolving doors leading from the arrival gates into the Albuquerque International Sunport. Projected onto a custom fabricated display, it uses the latest technology in visual arts to tell the story of The University of New Mexico and its people.
LoboScape is part of UNM’s vision to be a destination within a journey of discovery. It conveys an important message to every traveler that Albuquerque is a university- based community, and that “We Are New Mexico.”
“LoboScape represents and promotes UNM and the programs that created it, and leaves a lasting impression not only of what people see, but what they experience in terms of understanding what is capable of our students and faculty at UNM.”
The Fabrications Lab (FabLab) in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and the Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory (ARTS Lab), an interdisciplinary center, collaborated on this project to create an authentic and singular representation of the University.
“We wanted to create something that people would pay attention to,” said Matt Gines, Director of the FabLab. The FabLab designed the faceted and triangulated surfaces. Two graduate students on the project created seven different types of molds, which, when put together, formed the shape of the design. The molds were then covered in plastic and vacuum formed to create the installation. “This project has pushed the boundaries of our skill levels. It’s also given me the opportunity to see actual design become a reality,” said Nick Nuccio.
The structure features 16 facets on which video is projected, reflecting scenes of the Lobo experience. The ARTS Lab created the video. “I want to inspire people as they walk through the gate, to visually stimulate them and think about the opportunities that reside at UNM,” said Tim Castillo, Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the ARTS Lab.
Ultimately, LoboScape is a touch-point for communicating with a diverse public and provides a prominent bridge from UNM to the community. LoboScape isn’t static; it is dynamic and innovative, just like UNM.
“On behalf of UNM, we are proud to be a part of your destination, Whether you are a first time visitor to the Land of Enchantment or returning home.”
- LoboScape uses the latest technology in visual arts to tell the story of The University of New Mexico and its people.
- The custom fabricated display, features 16 facets, and was designed by the Fabrications Lab in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P).
- The video projection is produced by faculty and staff from UNM’s Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory (ARTS Lab).
- Faculty, staff and students invested more than 1,200 man hours to the launch of the project.
- LoboScape is a touch-point for communicating with a diverse public and provides a prominent bridge from UNM to the City, State and region.
Matt Gines, Taylor Horger, Nick Nuccio, Tim Castillo, David Beining, Alan Bouhamdan, Nate Gutierrez
Emerging technologies and fabrication research are vital to architectural research and practice. The School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) is pushing the limits of fabrication and design through academic exploration and integration in and out of the classroom. The fabrications laboratory supports students and faculty in the exploration and investigation of material research including wood, metals, plastics and concrete. The 2400-square-foot fabrications laboratory plays an integral role in student work and faculty research, supporting experimentation with materials and fabrication.
The school is equipped with state of the art computer controlled (CNC) machines, including two laser cutters, a 3-axis CNC router, 3-D scanner and an ABS plastic 3D printer. The lab is overseen by the Director, and is staffed by the Coordinator and Graduate Assistants, who instruct and guide students in the use of the equipment.
ARTS Lab seeks to support innovation and growth in areas such as film, new media, simulation, telehealth, game technology, image processing, scientific visualization, national security applications, and new markets for content. As a center for both technology and the arts, New Mexico provides a dynamic environment for programs that stimulate growth in creative economies. ARTS Lab finds opportunities to cultivate these assets by utilizing a transdisciplinary approach, encouraging ongoing participation across The University of New Mexico campus as well as building on ties with industry, community, and other educational organizations. We strive to enable community building in digital media in New Mexico and beyond.