ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Native Americans artists are transforming guest rooms at a New Mexico hotel into large-scale installation pieces, with murals and paintings that build on tribal themes.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Native Americans artists are transforming guest rooms at a New Mexico hotel into large-scale installation pieces, with murals and paintings that build on tribal themes.

Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque last week publicly unveiled its four newest artist rooms that the hotel says can be considered art pieces unto themselves.

In cities from Tokyo to Marseille, France, the concept of commissioning artists to convert guest rooms into contemporary, large-scale installations has taken hold at a handful of hotels.

In New Mexico, where art connoisseurs and collectors are more likely to head to places like Taos and Santa Fe, the collection of rooms at Nativo Lodge has created a new art stop along Interstate 25 amid a string of mostly chain hotels and businesses.