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Dragons in the Railyard!

Hiya kids, hiya hiya.

Well, it took a little longer than expected (we had previously announced a September 29 unveiling, which we had to cancel), but work is finally complete on the trompe l'oeil mural I commissioned for the railyard, on the back wall of 418 Montezuma, the building that holds the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

We had a little celebratory party yesterday, along about sunset. Wine, cheese, and dragons. Here's the big picture:

The mural is the work of JOHN PUGH, one of the world's leading trompe l'oeil muralists, whose works adorn buildings public and private all over the United States, Canada, and the world. He's been working on it, off and on, for close on two years now.

I hope you guys all love it as much as I do. Another cool reason to visit Santa Fe, the City Different, where art is everywhere.

Come check out the beasties for yourself the next time you're in New Mexico... then head around front, see a movie, and have some of our famous buttered popcorn.


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Apr. 28th, 2016 08:53 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. That's absolutely amazing. Well worth the wait I think!
Apr. 28th, 2016 10:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the perfect day, New Mexico, an amazing mural, a movie, and popcorn!
Apr. 28th, 2016 08:53 pm (UTC)
Beautiful - it's been long enough that I had forgotten about this, but worth the wait I'm sure.
Apr. 28th, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I'm so glad you posted photos of it- I've been dying to know what it was going to look like since you first mentioned it! It's just wonderful- I especially love the foot poking out lol
Apr. 28th, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
The popcorn
We need to know more about the popcorn. Immediately.
Apr. 28th, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ice dragons
hope i find some ice dragons there, because it's too much summer for me down there in new mexico :D
Apr. 28th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about this the other day. Glad to see that whatever the glitch was has been overcome.
Apr. 28th, 2016 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's magnificent. I too was thinking about it only just recently, and I'm delighted to hear and see that it's been completed! That is so cool!
Apr. 28th, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
So Cool
I hope to come soon to see it live! It depends on whether my Vet thinks my little dog can come with me while not being too affected by Altitude sickness (we're in NY) and if my friend's cat (who worked on Meow Wolf Art) won't be scared by my old blind padoodle.
Apr. 28th, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
That's really gorgeous.
Robert S.
Apr. 28th, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC)
I just want to say that, of all the things you do, be it editing, Wild Cards, Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire, it's your local work that really inspires me. Especially in our internetty global world, it's so rare that people put time and energy into making their own local communities not just good places but interesting and beautiful places. I haven't been to Sante Fe yet, but I cannot wait for the day I get there.
Apr. 29th, 2016 04:25 am (UTC)
I've been very lucky in my life and career, and it pleases me to finally be in a position to contribute meaningfully to the communities I've loved... including Santa Fe, and the world of science fiction fandom.
Apr. 29th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC)
I second that. We Brazilians usually wish to visit places like New York City, California, Florida, maybe the great american parks. But after following this blog for so long, Santa Fe is definitely on the top of my wishlist.
Keith Russell Dulak
Apr. 29th, 2016 12:18 am (UTC)
Air popped popcorn, with butter, or rosemary infused coconut oil is at least tied with sliced bread in the "best thing" category.
Apr. 29th, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
That's amazing...I love trompe l'oeil, and this is a beautiful example.

Thank you John Pugh, and you, G.R.R.M., for making the world a more interesting place in so many different and enjoyable ways!
Rebecca Dornsife
Apr. 29th, 2016 01:27 am (UTC)
Hope to see it up close someday!
April Hill
Apr. 29th, 2016 02:29 am (UTC)
This is neat. Incredible, actually. I may have to take a trip and get me some roasted chilies and catch a movie at your theater!
Apr. 29th, 2016 05:24 am (UTC)
That is fantastic, love trompe l'oeil and this one's amazing, congrats! Will have to see when I EVENTUALLY get to visit your cinema.
Apr. 29th, 2016 07:01 am (UTC)

Santa Fe is a place that I really wanna go to someday :)

Bernhard Vienna
Apr. 29th, 2016 07:11 am (UTC)
OK great but
Could you please use the space next to your cinema to build a Game of Thrones museum? With a cool bookstore with the Iron Throne and traps and organize a fantasy festival in Santa Fe and have workshops on medieval poisoning...

You could hire the set builders from the show...
Apr. 29th, 2016 09:10 am (UTC)
Wine, cheese, and dragons, sounds like the perfect combination!
The artwork looks amazing, I would really love to see more pictures of it, or even visit it myself (if I ever have a chance to go to New Mexico all the way from the Czech Rep.)Looks like you had a great time.
Apr. 29th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
Apr. 29th, 2016 04:17 pm (UTC)
Turned out sooo cool! I'm planning on visiting your lovely city this fall. Can't wait to see the mural, see a movie, enjoy the popcorn and shop. How great is that??

The people of Santa Fe are very fortunate to have a man who gives his time, money and enthusiasm to lift the city to ever greater heights. Kudos!!
Apr. 30th, 2016 12:45 am (UTC)
I am a big fan of John Pugh!
I live in Palo Alto and Pugh has painted several murals around the area. Sometimes, I wish that there was a way to save the walls upon which these magnificent paintings have been added for the sake of posterity.

Question: Is there a deeper Ice and Fire meaning behind these two dragons? I imagine that some people might read a bit more into them.

This is amazing! What a talent!
Martin Krizan
May. 1st, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
sorry for the Pest reference, but...
"Cocteau? Like the French playwright?"
"Nein. After my two favorite body parts."
May. 3rd, 2016 11:32 am (UTC)
55. Visit The Jean Cocteau Cinema
I'm trying to check stuff off my bucket list, not add to it!

Is Santa Fe terribly hot in the summer?
May. 3rd, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: 55. Visit The Jean Cocteau Cinema
Actually, no.

Santa Fe is in the mountains, 7000 feet high. High desert. Temps in August and September can get up into 90s, but with almost no humidity... and once the sun goes down, things cool off rapidly. Summer nights can get thirty degrees cooler than summer days.
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