(THROUGH JANUARY 2020) NOW Art, the LA-based public art agency and the Museum of Social Justice are in partnership to bring Mexican artist Alfredo ‘LIBRE’ Gutierrez<http://librehem.com.mx/bio/> to Los Angeles to 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. This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.
In response to the arduous journey migrants face in their pursuit of a better life, LIBRE has created “Trasportapueblos, 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. They 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 an art installation that is a beacon of hope; both a practical and aesthetic refuge.
On view in 2019 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and The Museum of Social Justice November 18th through January 2020. But the community can join in on watching the building process starting November 7th.