Xolotl: Dios Perro, Photograph by E&M photo (www.eandmphoto.com).

Alebrije: Xólotl

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, Denver Botanic Gardens hosts the monumental sculpture Xólotl: Dios Perro (Xólotl: Dog Deity) by contemporary Mexican artist Oscar Becerra Mora.

2021

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Standing nearly 15 feet tall, the sculpture depicts an alebrije—a fantastical hybrid creature from Mexican folklore, featuring the tail, wings, horns and claws from a variety of animals. Xólotl: Dios Perro depicts the Aztec deity Xólotl, the brother of Quetzalcóatl, charged with guarding the sun as it passed through the underworld.

 

About the Artist

Born in Mexico City, Becerra Mora is an ethnologist and self-taught artist known for his alebrijes and works celebrating Día de los Muertos. He attended the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, where he also regularly collaborates with the Museo de Arte Popular. He specializes in creating sculpture from cardboard, a technique with deep roots in Mexican folk art, and has exhibited at institutions and locations including Denver International Airport, the University of New Mexico and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in Canada.

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