The Ambassador

This coming Saturday, I’ll join more than 60 Abq artists in displaying “Ambassadors to the Galaxies”–art made upon fiberglass “ball-men,” sculptures that once were Powerballs adorning gas station entrances around New Mexico. Huge thanks to Abq Public Art Director Sherri Brueggemann for including me in the project. 

Ambassador Pierrot Spotz came to me in a flash. He is connected to everything on the galactic AND subatomic levels. His message is unspeakable; his message is complexity and awareness and the pure joy of being. He is always juggling, always dynamic, always clowning for the universe. I brought him to life through successive layers of spray paint masked by office supply stickers, which I pulled off after a final coat of flat, outer-space black. 

The press release follows below, to tell you more about the project. I hope to see you at the event! 

Rise and Try to Imagine the Galaxies
Saturday March 18, 2017, 2-5pm
Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive Northeast Albuquerque, NM
Regular Balloon Museum Admission only $1-$4 

Family Friendly events:
– Family friendly intergalactic costume party
– InterGalactic Ambassador
Assembly public art installation and auction
– other “other worldly” activities.

The InterGalactic Cultural Relations Institute, in partnership with the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, will cohost
the Spring Break 2017 kick-off event featuring the display of all the completed InterGalactic
Ambassadors, a “Dress for Contact” costume party (for kids and adults!) and art auction. The artists-created
InterGalactic Ambassadors and other intergalactic inspired items will be available for auction at the family
friendly event. Regular Balloon Museum admission gets everyone into the entire museum and participation in
all of the InterGalactic cultural events. All ages costume contest with prizes for kids and adults around the
theme, “What would you wear if you were an InterGalactic Ambassador?” Special guest appearances by BB-8
and the 501st Dewback Ridge Garrison team.

The InterGalactic Ambassadors Project is an artist-based interpretation of what it would mean to be an
InterGalactic Ambassador of good will. Over 60 artists ages 9 to 75 have transformed recycled fiberglass
figurines into all kinds of “out of this world” figures embodying the meaning of ambassadorship and a
welcoming message to and for extraterrestrials - from their planet to ours. This lighthearted project
showcases art and creativity as an important tool for diplomatic relations near and far. All of the completed
InterGalactic Ambassadors will assemble at the Balloon Museum in celebration of World Contact Day on
March 15th for a group photo prior to the celebration event on Saturday afternoon.
For more information visit the InterGalactic Cultural Relations Institute at and click on Events.
Or visit the City of Albuquerque Balloon Museum events page here. A complete list of participating artists and
offered activities will be updated as the event date draws closer.

Contact: Sherri Brueggemann, Primary Co-Founder, InterGalactic Cultural Relations Institute, 505-255-3519 or  

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