With a head that towers as high as a three-story condo, the gator will have a massive maw built around the boom of a crane that will snap open and closed. The skull, created from steel and recycled materials, will be a sculpture that stands on a barge.
The body of the gator is another masterpiece altogether, which consists of 104 tiles, each four feet wide and eight feet long, made of highly buoyant material that Goradesky calls "floating art tile".
The 'Gator In The Bay' project is a major public art project intended to raise awareness for the fragile nature of the Florida Everglades and reflect the cooperation between industry and the local environment.
Goradesky has been photographing wildlife in the Everglades for more than two decades. Last year he showed the head of the gator during Art Basel, but this year the public can experience the completed "Lego-style" shape of the alligator as it floats on Biscayne Bay. Goradesky chose the iconic reptile for his Basel opus because the creature is a barometer of our ecological health.
One of the 104 tiles is currently on display at The Gallery @ McCormick Place in Downtown, Miami - located at 111 SW 3rd Street, Miami FL 33130. The tile is stunning and massive, to be able to see this 4 ft. x 8 ft. piece in person is an amazing experience - you can begin to visualize the scope of the project from simply viewing one tile, and appreciate the beauty of the mosaic collage of Goradesky's images of the Everglades, which collectively create the "skin" of the gator one tile at a time.