Campus Sculpture Walking Tour

New Mexico State University (NMSU) Art in Public Places (AIPP) program, has selected, purchased and placed public art on campus, funded by the AIPP program of the New Mexico Arts Division (NMAD). Through a fair and open public process, committees made up of local and regional representatives work with NMSU staff and faculty on the ARTWORKS Committee and New Mexico Arts staff to select artwork for their communities. The AIPP Act directs one percent of the total state appropriation of new construction or renovation of any building to be expended for the acquisition of art.

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Old Walking Tour:

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The intent of this brochure is to provide a map of artwork installed through the AIPP direct purchase initiatives and commissioned projects, for a self-guided tour around the university grounds.

NMSU is a land-grant institution and a comprehensive research university dedicated to teaching, research and service at all levels. NMSU is a Hispanic-serving institution and home to the University Art Museum and NMSU Permanent Art Collection which stewards many on campus public works.

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Learn more about our most recent AIPP Piece:


Mine Mirror is a site-specific installation in the Computer Lab of the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center at the New Mexico State University, comprising a three-dimensional arrangement of mirror plates and a text wall. The University’s knowledge, the digital archive, uploaded by the students and stored on hard drives, was transformed into mirror elements using urban mining and vacuum evaporation, a process used for producing telescopic mirrors. The monitor-sized, metal-coated plates are arranged in different angles so that the users of the Computer Lab can see each other in the reflections of the mirrors. As an echo, the file names of the submitted digital content fill an endless list on a monumental text wall in the building’s atrium. • In collaboration with Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld and architectural studio Zeller & Moye.

 Artist Sarah Schönfeld and architectural studio Zeller & Moye were chosen to install a permanent public artwork on the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces, NM. The piece consists of mirrors made from melted hard drives full of YOUR DATA. Over 3,000 people from the NMSU community followed the link and upload their files of their thesis, lectures, or anything they  learned and/or gained knowledge from during their time at NMSU. Once the drives were full of data they were melted down– now the mirrors have been installed in the computer lab in Hardman Jacobs ULC, and you are part of the art piece MINE MIRROR.

 The hard drives are made of aluminum, ruthenium, and cobalt-nickel-iron. The metals are extracted through a recycling process known urban mining. Next, the metals are transformed into mirrors through a melting process. The metal is melted down applied in a thin layer on glass undergoing vacuum evaporation, a process where liquid evaporates at a lower temperature than usual, similar to telescope making.   

The resulting product is metal-coated glass that imitate mirrors, which store the university’s knowledge within them. The plates have been assembled in a multi-facetted pattern. This unique arrangement allows users of the HJLC computer center to see each other and the space from a different perspective. The resulting mirror landscape visualizes the participatory (a lot of people working together) aspect of individuals coming together to work collectively on knowledge production. Simultaneously, users are offered a new perspective on their own activities in form of a playful and non-digital experience, enabled through the abstracted knowledge now being a reflective surface.

Follow this link to see what the mine mirror website looked like:




More information about this project can be found on the NMSU Mine Mirror website. 

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