In 2007 two of the big 'cultural' arguments of discussion on talk radio here in New Mexico were the designs for the New Mexico Rose Bowl Parade float and the New Mexico State Quarter.
The Rose Bowl float is now a moot point, especially with the float winning the Grand Marshals Trophy for excellence [take that Virginia!]
Many New Mexicans did not like the fact that the float depicted 'aliens' in referance to the alleged 1947 UFO crash in Roswell. They wanted it to depict our mountains, dramatic vistas and rivers. Yawn.
Colorado has taller mountains, Utah has equally dramatic vistas and Arizona has more lakes and rivers!!
This float was humorous and whimsical and if anything probably had more people Google New Mexico then last years 'adobe mission' float!!! Congrats to the design team and the New Mexico Board of Tourism!!
The second 'hot topic' was the design chosen for the 2009 New Mexico State Quarter. The winning design is simply: b o r i n g: The Zia [sun] symbol over an outline of the state.
I also don't like the placement of the phrase LAND OF ENCHANTMENT. Is it me or does the type just look too crowded.
Two other designs were kind of cool. The Balloon Fiesta one was a natural however it is a bit biased towards Albuquerque and not the state.
The second one depicts the Atomic Bomb which is just a cool design considering the flora and fauna ones from other states. Peace-niks sure didin't like that one.
Personally I would have chosen one that depicted both the native population and the European population and the influence of both on the culture of the state. I would have an Indian figure on the left and a conquistador on the right with maybe a Yucca plant separating the two...but who am I.