In response to the arduous journey migrants face in their pursuit of a better life, the Mexican artist Alfredo ‘LIBRE’ Gutierrez
created “Transportapueblos, companion of migrants,” a series of nine coyote sculptures positioned along the train route that most migrants take on their journey North through Central Mexico.
These sculptures are made of recycled wood and are used by travelers as way-finding and are often covered in messages of support and communication. They have shelves that are restocked with basic supplies such as water, medicine and route maps. The sides display contact information of shelters and organizations that can help with safe passage. Thus, it is a sculpture that is a beacon of hope that directly serves as a practical and aesthetic refuge.
We are looking for donations to help produce this project. Our needs are: to purchase tools, materials, permits, and supplies.
This is an art installation to build unity, peace, and camaraderie. This installation will belong to our donors and to the people who pass by it gaining knowledge, safety, and empathy. Any remaining funds will be donated to a charity working with boots on the ground doing the work of saving lives and helping people in a humanitarian moment of great need. Now Art
, the Museum of Social Justice
and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture are in partnership to bring LIBRE to Los Angeles and create a Coyote sculpture at El Pueblo de Los Ángeles
; the historic birthplace of the City of Los Angeles.
This coyote will be a sculpture for all, but directly relating to the local Los Angeles residents and recent arrivals crossing our southern border. The location of the installation at El Pueblo is directly across from Union Station, to address people both entering and exiting the train terminal. This coyote sculpture is not only an artwork that will collectively be created by members of this community but will display information for immigrants to find resources that directly relate to their needs.
The installation will be up both inside and outside of the Museum of Social Justice from November 18th through the remainder of 2019. Come by and be a part of the mission to bridge the gap between passports and last names. Please donate to help us create something that is bigger than any of us.
“If it just helps one person, one migrant, to not get mugged or to find a safe place to sleep one night, I'm satisfied. That means you can change the life of someone with a sculpture.”
-Libre GutierrezASSOCIATED PRESS:CBC Arts VICE CHICAGO TRIBUNE EFE MAGAZINE