World's Biggest Gator Crosses Florida
Gigantic Art Piece Travels Across Florida To Art Basel
LABELLE, FL. -- Artist Lloyd Goradesky and Historian Cesar A Becerra are creating floating art with steel, tiled mosaic photographs, and a floating barge. Part of the epic art piece, the head of a Florida alligator, is traveling this weekend on a truck from the west coast of Florida and over the Tamiami Trail to Miami, where it will be entered in Art Basel, one of the premier art events in Florida.
The "Gator In The Bay," when completed will symbolize the Florida alligator, in a 230-foot long floating display, designed by the project's creators to float in the waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay.
LaBelle resident and nature photographer Charles Waddy Thompson serves as engineering and metalwork consultant on the project and will be traveling with the Gator as it moves across Florida, photographing the giant art work.
Combining the gator's tail and body made from 102 8'x4' floating mosaic photographs with a head of steel frame construction and a crane to open and close the creature's illuminated mouth, the piece will give the illusion of a giant alligator floating in the bay between Miami and Miami Beach.
The project, says Goradsky and Becerra is designed to bring awareness of Florida's natural surroundings and the protection of the water and health of the environment using the iconic symbols of the Florida alligator.