In recognition of the many difficulties faced by people who journey from their homes hoping to find a better life in the United States, Mexican artist Alfredo “Libre” Gutierrez has created Transportapueblos: Companion of Migrants, a series of coyote sculptures positioned along the train route through Mexico from its southern to its northern border. Having crossed the border, migrants still need support, so Libre is creating his first coyote sculpture in Los Angeles at El Pueblo, where it is located to address those coming to and from Union Station.
Libre’s sculptures display vital information such as maps, messages from migrants to family members, and telephone numbers of legal organizations and services. This Los Angeles coyote rises out of the earth as a powerful reminder that some of us have made a brutal journey from intolerable circumstances to seek a better life for themselves and their families.
This project was produced by NOW Art and The Museum of Social Justice.
It was supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes, Engineering partners, RBHU, El Pueblo, the amazing build team, and all the vendors and community surrounding who supported this work.