The three-man crew behind the Light River Flight behind the city’s most popular holiday event

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The River of Light is an amazing display of light sculptures in the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. Three-dimensional sailors are behind the colorful light displays all over the area. Artists and craftsmen work on creating and constructing new exhibitions throughout the year.


New Mexico Mexican Biopark Society employee Joy Trugilio goes from fruit and vegetable to artist at the ABQ Botanic Garden. “I have been building the Light River for 18 to 17 years,” says Trujillo. Launched in T Rex 3D Shape. Since then he has made hundreds of favorite children and adults. “Bronchosurus is our largest piece, but it is 56 feet long and 30 feet high. What we call a ton is literally a ton. ”

Some of his creations may take two months or more to complete. “We go to the zoo and talk to some of the guards. We look at some of the dimensions and how big the body should be and they give me all the measurements,” said Truggiolo.

Levi Swartz resigned as a 911 operator to assist in the Light River all year round. He learned welding over the years.

The Schwartz Duding notebook is now a prominent feature along the way. Schwartz and Baki Bomaster ensure that each shape is strategically illuminated.

It makes the staff look like they are running, jumping, flying and screaming their artwork. “I think there are eight different cheetahs and flashing sequences in running mode,” said Boomaster.

The trio agree that they have one of the best jobs in the city. “We have been doing this together for a long time. Joey is the second longest with me and Levi has been here for about ten years. But we get along well, ”said Bomaster.

The three of them overturn the switches on the River of Light every night and receive secret feedback.

Light River from November 27 – December 30 (closed December 24 and December 25). Tickets are sold in limited quantities and online only.

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