Alligator

Maker and role
Artist: Luis A. Jiménez Jr., American, 1940-2006
Year
1993
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Object detail

Media/Materials
Lithograph
Measurements
sheet, 31 3/4 x 77 3/4in (80.6 x 197.5cm)
Credit line
Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo
Accession number
2019.53
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Department
Location
Further information
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.

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