Jacobo and María Ángeles, "Monkey-Iguana," fiberglass and acrylic paint, 2024.

Spirit Guides: Traveling Exhibition

Encounter celestial creatures rendered in monumental scale in this traveling exhibition.

Traveling Exhibition: Booking Now

Offer your visitors a traveling exhibition featuring eight outdoor sculptures by the workshop of contemporary Mexican artists Jacobo and María Ángeles. Inspired by Zapotec astrology, these brightly colored and richly patterned sculptures depict fantastical hybrid animals that act as both spirit guides and astrological embodiments of human character. Discover an unforgettable outdoor experience reminding your visitors of the profound connections that bind us to the natural (and cosmological) world.


About the Artists

Jacobo and María Ángeles are a married artist team based in San Martín Tilcajete in Oaxaca, Mexico. Joyful, fanciful and distinctively patterned, the Ángeles’ animal sculptures embrace both contemporary art practices and folk art traditions. With increasing demand for their works, the artists employ more than 100 artisans in a workshop that also acts as an art school, offering creatives the opportunity to advance and develop their artistic skills. The workshop’s creations have been exhibited in museums throughout the globe, including the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. 


Exhibition includes:

  • Eight large fiberglass sculptures suitable for outdoor presentation including mounting hardware; object list and dimensions available upon request.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish exhibit signage including introductory content and interpretive object labels, digital interpretive content, press kit including sample press release and promotional images and docent training handout. Optional curator-led docent training available for additional cost.

Exhibition fee: $60,000 for 12-week booking period.

Interpretive outdoor signage trail highlighting the plants and biodiversity of Oaxaca available for additional cost.

Program options:

Wearable illuminated alebrije sculptures by Mexican artists Óscar Becerra and Rubén Mica available for performances at additional cost. 

For more information and booking inquiries, contact exhibits@botanicgardens.org.  

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