Albuquerque, New Mexico: Center of The Universe

A "hallway" sculpture in three dimensions -- X,Y,Z -- on the University of New Mexico Campus. Its central point is said by students to be the Center of the Universe.
Yale Blvd, Albuquerque, NM
In the center of the University of New Mexico campus. I-25 exit 225. Drive east on Lomas Blvd for around half-mile, then turn right onto Yale Blvd. Cross Las Lomas Rd and enter the campus. When the road turns left, park. Walk south through the park and pass the pond on the right. The Center will be straight ahead, between two buildings: Mitchell Hall and Ortega Hall.
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Center of the Universe. Center Of The Universe

A plaque denotes the Center Of The Universe itself, which is over a storm grate so that the center never floods.

[David Pike, 05/12/2013]
Center of the Universe. Center of the Universe

The Center of the Universe in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

[Wm Breiland, 04/24/2011]
Center of the Universe. Center of The Universe

A "hallway" sculpture in three dimensions -- X,Y,Z -- on the University of New Mexico Campus (near the duck pond).

[Daniel Yocum, 02/07/2007]

It's been unflatteringly compared to a bunker, and it looks like a blocky, hollow, giant concrete jumping jack. The artist, Bruce Nauman, only built it when his first piece was rejected by the Campus Planning Commission in 1986. The exact Center is a small interior grate where the five angles meet in a kind of tunnel. Be careful: UNM students like to ride their bicycles through the Center.

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