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Gigantes y Cabezudos Photo Gallery

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Gigantes Photo Gallery

Lauren McKennan’s sculpture (far left) is an image of Mahatma Gandhi. “Gandhi as a whole embodies one of the seven virtues—faith,” McKennan wrote in her artist statement. “His soft, friendly-like face radiates the hope and faith he had in his country, his philosophy and his people. I present Gandhi simply. There are no underlying symbols within the sculpture to represent faith. Gandhi alone is a symbol of faith.” Laura Galindo writes that her blue-faced piece with the red blindfold (center) “is an homage to the desaparecidos from Chile who were persecuted peoples during the country’s military coup. The coup was instilled in the country in order to overthrow a socialist president and lasted over 15 years. During this time, anyone believed to be communist was persecuted, tortured and killed, yet news of what happened to them was never given to their family and friends, which is why they are referred to as the disappeared ones. My piece conveys the notion of silence through a mouth with sewn lips, as well as the notion of being blind to one’s fate, represented by the blindfold…. This piece means to remind people of this injustice in the hope of preventing it from happening any more.”


Gigantes Photo Gallery

Sherrie Louise Benjamin works on her project, which she described in her artist statement as “a combination of vice and virtue, dealing with love and sexuality…The rabbit represents sex, but also love…. The ears are a broken heart. The whole idea of this piece is to juxtapose what we want love to be and how it is in reality.”


Gigantes Photo Gallery Michelle Dezember created a blindfolded man to represent the sin of ignorance. “The face of my sculpture is quite content and happy with his life, yet he is peacefully blinded from actually seeing the world around him,” she wrote in her artist statement. “Instead, he remains comfortable behind the things in his life that keep him satisfied. His car, his money, and his entertainment all act as a blindfold. They allow him to ignore the harshness of the real world and permit him to live a life of mediocrity where he is inactive and immobile.”
Gigantes Photo Gallery Laura Galindo poses with her sculpture, which she describes as “an homage to the desaparecidos from Chile who were persecuted peoples during the country’s military coup.”
Gigantes Photo Gallery

At left is a piece called Hope, by Patrick Green. “In my sculpture I comment on the direction of hope while maintaining its uncertainty,” Green wrote in his artist statement. “The boy peers expectantly over a wall, captivated by the landscape before him that combines Arcadian perfection with divine wonder. Although his hopes lie in this vision, half of his self, that which he wishes to leave behind, lingers behind him.” The figure in the orange dress is Patience by Kelsey Boys. “The mask that I created expresses this virtue that I hold so valuable,” wrote Boys. “Whether it be with yourself or with others, patience leads to great things. To visually express patience I have sculpted a women looking to the future contently, though she is chained at the neck. The restraint that grounds this woman does not hinder her spirit, but instead makes her strive on with optimism. She is enjoying the here and now, as well as looking to the future hopefully.”


Gigantes Photo Gallery This piece, called The Gentleman, was brought over from Spain by the resident workshop artists Ventura and Hosta.
Gigantes Photo Gallery This piece is called The Making of a Gigantes, and it was created and brought over from Spain by the resident workshop artists Ventura and Hosta.

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