sheet, 31 3/4 x 77 3/4in (80.6 x 197.5cm)
Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo
An oasis in the Texas desert, El Paso had its downtown occupied by alligators in a tourist-attracting fountain in the 1880s. As the town grew, the alligators remained, until the 1960s when they were seen as a danger to people—even though people were a much larger danger to them. Luis A. Jiménez’s Alligator is not the only alligator in the artist’s life. Jiménez crafted a colorful fiberglass sculpture of alligators to honor the city's former occupants and bring back a piece of El Paso’s identity.
Luis A. Jiménez Jr. (American, b.1940, d.2006)