230-foot alligator, skeletal steel head on barge, and body made of 102 individual 4ft by 8ft boards creating a photo mosaic that floats Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 8, 2012.
About this project
Historian Cesar Becerra and Artist Lloyd Goradesky's
Floating Tile Art: “Gator in the Bay”
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of Christo’s ‘Surrounded Islands,’ the surrounding of 13 islands in Biscayne Bay creating the illusion of blossoming flowers, Historian Cesar A. Becerra and Artist Lloyd Goradesky create Floating Tile Art: “Gator in the Bay,” a 230 foot alligator that will float in Biscayne Bay creating a unique illusion during the day and night. Completely available for public viewing during the excitement of the Art Basel Extravaganza, the Floating Tile Art will will utilize a canvas as Miami’s liquid living room has been overlooked in an area right in the heart of our art center.
Purpose: Applying the "Power of Art," while showing the beauty of nature using one of Florida’s iconic symbols – The Florida Alligator – as a beacon of its resurgence. After 35 years on the endangered species list, the alligator is a barometer that we have a long way to go in protecting the water and health of our environment. We need the Everglades to survive.
Time Lapse Mock Up Actual Size of Floating Tile Art:'Gator in the Bay' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4dReWzWx14
The art piece will be very unique in its creation. "But the first thing a viewer will notice is the size of the Gator. Depending on the time of day, the viewer will see color and lighting that will provoke the wonderment of nature. The barge is self-propelled and the helm is relatively obscured from view. It will be big beautiful unique and highly visible for all to share." The entire photo mosaic will be temporarily assembled during Art Basel. After the art week, the Gator is disassembled and each 4 foot by 8 foot Floating Art Tile will become a colorful collage and collectible art piece.
'Gator in the Bay' written up in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/gator-in-the-bay_n_1724867.html?utm_hp_ref=miami#slide=1306417
Art by Numbers:
1) The total dimension of the art piece is 230 feet long and is 60 feet wide.
2) The alligator head measures 70 foot by 30 foot built upon a self-propelled barge. The head is made mostly from junkyard and recycled steel/metal.
3) The alligator body is assembled with 102 Floating Art Tiles.
4) Each Floating Art Tile is 4 feet by 8 feet and is 2 inches thick.
5) There are 64 images on each Floating Art Tile. (Note: Due to design and layout, there may be up to 64 images on a Floating Art Tile)
6) 6,528 images will be used to create the photo mosaic forming the alligator body.
7) From the viewers’ perspective creating 1 massive “Gator in the Bay”
Points of Interest
1) The head of the alligator will be built with recycled steel creating the frame.
2) A crane will be centered on the barge using the boom of the crane to support the upper mouth of the alligator
3) The crane will allow the mouth to open and close
4) The barge is a specially designed that meets small vessel requirements and is self-propelled. Other barges need tugboats and need to meet large vessel requirements.
5) The entire project is environmentally conscious. For example, if needed, the barge can anchor without damaging sea bed floor or sea grass. The barge can adjust for tidal flow & current.
6) Although the art is temporarily ‘placed’, it is temporary so that tiles will not block sunlight and damage sea floor.
7) Floating Art Tiles are printed using SCALGio printing technique which is eco-friendly art. Each Floating Art Tile is an collectible archival museum-quality art piece. They will not deteriorate due to environment and are resistant to sun & saltwater.
The Gator is the ultimate symbol of Florida. As a symbol, the alligator reflects our environment. It reminds us that we have something very unique that is being abused and overlooked that is the Florida Everglades.
3 Reasons for Saving the Florida Everglades
A) In the State of Florida, the entire water flow begins in the northern part of the State. Lake Okeechobee is a central collection point for fresh water. The filtering process begins as the water leaves Lake Okeechobee and journeys southward. This water flow is part of the filtering process of our fresh water before it leaves our mainland and enters into our oceans. The water flow of the everglades filters the water we drink in south Florida and prevents pollutants from further contaminating our waterways.
B) The outer edges of our coast are natural fish estuaries that hatch our game fish and put food on our tables. When the shallow shores meet the fresh water it creates the perfect balance allowing safe refuge for fish to breed increasing their chances for survival in the predatory ocean.
C) It is home to plants and nature that we are still trying to understand - 99% of all medications begin with the science of plants and nature. The Everglades is home to species of animals and nature that are predominantly found only in Florida's Everglades.
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