Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Luis Jimenez, artist extraordinaire and native El Pasoan from Segundo Barrio, passed away yesterday at 65. This is very sad news.
Here's a photo I took of his lagarto sculpture in the placita de los lagartos in downtown El Paso on April 10, 2006 after a march and during a rally for immigrant rights... this is how I like to remember his art, surrounded by people and for the people. This sculpture commemorates the live alligators that used to be on display in the park. Many people still tell stories about the live alligators, including my relatives. The sculpture brings generations together, triggers our imaginations. The stories begin with lagartos and lead elsewhere. The marchers reach the lagartos and lead elsewhere. An amazing work of art among many, many more works that he created throughout his lifetime.
Another march for immigrant rights, May 1, 2006, that began in the Chamizal and passed by the international bridge before making a U-turn back west to los lagartos: