Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Sculptor:
Alquilar, Maria 1928-2014  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: ceramic, metal, and wood; Base: concrete and stone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
United States Port of Entry South Court San Luis Arizona 85349
Date:
Commissioned Nov. 16, 1987. Completed 1988
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Arizona survey, 1992.
Yuma Daily Sun (Yuma, AZ), April 24, 1986.
Image on file.
unsigned
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
Summary:
A doll-like Virgin of Guadalupe figure is attached to the front of a Saguaro cactus which has wire spines. The cactus and Virgin figure are surrounded by three metal concentric circles with bright metal leaves which form a halo encompassing the Virgin's shoulders and the top of the cactus. The Virgin figure is holding a child on the proper left of her bosom.
Below the feet of the Virgin figure is a Jackrabbit which faces proper left with three legs off the ground as if running. Also on this tier are figures of a prickley pear cactus, a snake, a reptile skeleton, a fish in a river, and a cross made of 2 sticks wrapped with wire and standing in a base of stones. On the back side of the cactus, a Spider monkey figure clings to the cactus.
On the second tier base is a Coyote facing forward on the proper left of the cactus, with its chin raised as if howling and it appears to be running. Below the coyote is a mermaid and a base made of ceramic tiles painted black and incised, creating mountains, waterfall, suns, stars, tic-tac-tow symbols, a Menorah and a spiral symbol. Surrounding the base are tiles with various life and death symbols, forming a lower tier. Beneath, stones are imbedded in cement.
Topic:
Religion--New Testament--Mary  Search this
Object--Foliage--Cactus  Search this
Animal--Reptile--Snake  Search this
Animal--Rabbit  Search this
Animal--Monkey  Search this
Emblem  Search this
Landscape--Celestial--Sun  Search this
Landscape--Celestial--Star  Search this
Animal--Fish  Search this
Landscape--Desert  Search this
Literature--Character--Mermaid  Search this
Control number:
IAS AZ000001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_310829