Two bronze statues of characters from the hit show "Breaking Bad"—set in Albuquerque, New Mexico—will soon be unveiled.
"Friday inside the Albuquerque Convention Center – with Cranston, Paul and 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan on hand – the city of Albuquerque will unveil bronze statues of the iconic characters who changed their lives: Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. —Geoff Grammer
Vince Gilligan harbors a deep fondness for the Duke City and wanted to give back to the community, so these bronze statues will be a gift.
"In 2019 Gilligan commissioned sculptor Trevor Grove of California to create the bronze statues and has gifted them to the City of Albuquerque as a thank you for the 15-year run of success for not only 'Breaking Bad' but its wildly popular prequel 'Better Call Saul.'" —Geoff Grammer
It is heartening that someone with the platform that Vince Gilligan has spent his time and resources on statues that will honor Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“Over the course of 15 years, two TV shows and one movie, Albuquerque has been wonderful to us...I wanted to return the favor and give something back.” —Vince Gilligan
Additionally, there will be an auction of items donated from Breaking Bad with proceeds going to New Mexico-based charities: a very direct way to benefit a community which is home to a lot of struggle.
"Cranston and Paul will also be a part of Saturday night’s Albuquerque Isotopes game, which will include an auction of items the two donated from 'Breaking Bad' with proceeds going to two New Mexico-based charities." —Geoff Grammer
As with most art, these statues have garnered quite a bit of controversy: many are dismayed about what the characters represent and how close to home they hit—Albuquerque does have a very real drug problem, after all.
"Though the show’s popularity is unquestionable, not everyone has been happy to hear the city will immortalize two characters, fictional though they may be, who represented some of the city’s most glaring problems rooted in drugs." —Geoff Grammer
Nonetheless, it is abundantly clear that this is meant to be a gesture of good will and gratitude for the people of Albuquerque—and New Mexico at large: the actors think very highly of the city.
“Honestly, when I talk about this state, I talk about the endless beauty, the endless skies you know? It’s called the Land of Enchantment for a reason. You know, there’s dark corners in every city that I’ve been to. If you look for them, you’ll find them. …Albuquerque became such a character of the show. When you watch our show – ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ – you just you get a sense of its vastness and its beauty.” Aaron Paul