R.O.W. for Santa Fe Railyard Park

$525 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 19 months
(Please note: $425 figure was raised last summer for the Berg Park site; any figure above that number represents funds being raised for the Santa Fe version of the R.O.W. project.)

Last summer, thanks in part to your generous donations, I was able to install my R.O.W. (stands for "right-of-way") project in Berg Park. R.O.W. was in the ground for 2 weeks and then removed, leaving no trace. All in all, this project has been a great success. I was awarded a grant to produce a sort of training video for artists aspiring to also create self-initiated public artworks. Since then I have been applying for exhibitions based on this project at Durango Arts Center, 516 Arts (Albuquerque), Tucson Museum and elsewhere. I am also applying for grants to support these exhibitions. I am also planning other versions or locations for R.O.W. itself.

Speaking of which: This coming fall I will be installing a version of R.O.W. in Santa Fe's Railyard Park! I was invited to do this by the Railyard Art Committee after their last meeting in April.

Just as before, SF R.O.W. will be a straight, north-south line of surveyor stakes bisecting the park as if in preparation for a pipeline construction, and will again last from 2 weeks to a month, before being removed, leaving no trace. Also as before, I will alert the public that this is a symbolic act and not an actual first step in installing anything.

I shared this news with a San Juan College Geographic Information Systems professor and he decided to get one of his classes to get involved producing maps and illustrations of the site and project!

The Railyard Art Committee has awarded me an honorarium of $500.00 for the project! This will cover such costs as professional surveyor fees, supplies, signage and such. But we also need funds for travel. We (myself and surveyor friend) will need to travel to and from Santa Fe at least 3 times. First for inspection of site, notetaking, consulation with committee members and city officials, etc.; second for installation; third for removal.  Even if we are frugal, I can't imagine gas, food, motel, etc. costs totalling less than $500.00.

Please consider making a small donation to this project's travel expenses. Those of you who know me, know that I am not made of money. You also know that I am a serious artist devoted to making a difference, especially art's ability to reveal who we are in relation to nature.

You can help me make a difference by supporting this project. 

Thank you.

Please click on Dropbox link for 12-minute R.O.W. video:

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Please note that the $425 shown was for last summer and is not a current amount.
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Please support new version of R.O.W. in Santa Fe!
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October 29, 2017.


Since last summer, after the R.O.W. temporary centerline survey installation has come and gone, I have been working on several project-related items. One is the creation of a video that records me walking down the line of stakes while narrating the process of its development. It should be about ten minutes long. I hope to use this as a sort of "How-To" for artists interested in self-initiated public art projects.

I have also printed out a photo of a close-up of one of the stakes, which I entered in the Durango Arts Center's annual Members' Exhibit, "Human/Nature". This started just a few days ago, last Friday, October 28. If you get to Durango any time in the next few weeks, stop in; my photo is right inside the entrance to the DAC Gallery.

I am also still working to further develop this project into an exhibition that will showcase the entire breadth of the project, basically a meditation on the Western notion that the natural landscape's identity and value is strictly as property and resource.

Attached are the DAC photo and a grid of all the stakes installed at Berg Park.

Strictly speaking, this GoFundMe campaign is over. It was started to help defray the cost of the centerline survey portion of the larger project.

Thanks to everyone who helped. As promised, anyone who wants a souvenir lath can call me at 325-4172 or stop by my house at 312 W. LaPlata St. (the street behind the Civic Center).
Each lath or flagging used in survey.
Close-up of STA 1 + 20 in DAC show.
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It's official!

The installation of the "R,O.W." temporary Land Art for Berg Park will take place on Saturday, June 17, beginning around 8 AM. We will start at the north end by the open shed on the empty lot next to the Berg Park East entrance sign (access via San Juan Blvd, turn south on Fairview, then west on River Road). If you don't see us working, follow the orange surveyor lath south to the Animas River bank or across on the other side. Feel free to take pictures, ask questions, etc. Thanks.

Michael Darmody
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$525 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 19 months
Created January 8, 2017
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Katee McClure
18 months ago

Good Luck Michael!


We appreciate all that you do for the arts in our community. Northwest New Mexico Arts Council

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