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Artist builds mechanical alligator for Art Basel

December 3, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami artist is building a giant mechanical alligator to raise awareness about the Florida Everglades, with plans to float it in Biscayne Bay during the city's well-known Art Basel festival.

Part of Lloyd Goradesky's "Gator in the Bay" floated last year, but this time, the project will be much larger — the length of a football field.

On Tuesday, 140 floating tiles arrived. They will create the alligator's "tail" once they are put together and towed by the motorized alligator head. Each tile is actually a photomosaic of wildlife images from the Everglades. When seen from a distance, they create the illusion of an alligator's torso behind the motorized head that itself features a mechanical jaw.

Goradesky says photomosaic art is not new — but he thinks the scale of his project is.

 
 

 

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