This is a recent mural for the New Mexico United Soccer Team that formed in 2018, and played their first match on March 9, 2019, which ended in a 1 – 1 draw against Fesno FC . New Mexico United formed after The University of New Mexico cut many of their sports programs, including the soccer team, because of various scandals and money issues caused by the UNM basketball and football programs. Go figure why UNM chose to punish other sports for the sins of the football and basketball programs, but that gives you a clue about The Curse New Mexico flag in the mural. The Curse New Mexico is the official supporters group of New Mexico United. “The curse of New Mexico” comes from “The curse of Lew Wallace”, the first governor of New Mexico, Civil War hero and author of “Ben-Hur”, who wrote to his wife in Indiana shortly after arriving in New Mexico that “All calculations based on our experiences elsewhere fail in New Mexico.”
United New Mexico is currently 10th overall in the 2019 Western Conference Standings.
The Haphazard Homemaker’s post 10 Minute Picture Frame Wreath reminded me of my first post But Is It Art? that I had done when I first started this art piece in 2014 with two compnents: the print of the spreadsheet and the dollar bill donated by Sean, a computer wizard who owns EDI Systems. Staff and clients have contributed found objects to the piece since then. I added the frame around October or November of 2014, along with a couple of mummified cockroaches from my Cucaracha Crunch Coffee, and Cucaracha Crunch Blonde Coffee.
The wider scene of the wall the piece hangs on in my office includes a painting from Brazil a former staff member gave me, our UNM Lobo mascots collection (Lobo Lucie and Lobo Louie), a 1959 Ford Fairlane hood ornament another former staff member gave me, various vintage zip drives, and a framed guitar pick I extracted from the DVD drive that was in yet another former staff member’s laptop. I had to completely disassemble her laptop to get to the DVD drive to extract the pick. It was a very involved process. When I asked how the pick got in the drive, all she said was “Boonesfarm Strawberry Hill wine was involved!”