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19/10/2019
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EL UNIVERSAL in English/Miranda Perea
Mexico City

Fantastic Alebrijes take over Mexico City's streets

The monumental sculptures will be displayed in Paseo de la Reforma until November 17

Alebrijes are fantastic creatures created by Pedro Linares López, a scavenger born in 1906 in Mexico City. One day, Linares fell unconscious due to an illness and, during a long period of deep sleep, he claimed to have seen a series of mind-boggling creatures which he later tried to reproduce by painting small figures made of cardboard with all sorts of vibrant colors.
 

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Fantastic Alebrijes Parade to take over Mexico City

After the parade, the monumental sculptures will be displayed in Paseo de la Reforma until November 17
Fantastic Alebrijes Parade to take over Mexico CityFantastic Alebrijes Parade to take over Mexico City

Alebrijes are usually a blend of different animals: They may have a lion’s head and the body of a crocodile, or the body of a fish with dragon wings, to name a few. Though they were originally made of cardboard, artisans in Oaxaca make alebrijes carved out of copal wood, which are then painted with bright colors and all sorts of tiny patterns and details on their bodies.

In the vein of this tradition, the Mexico City Alebrije Parade, organized by the Mexico Museum of Popular Art, features monumental papier-mâché sculptures created by artisans, artist collectives, and craft workshops.

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