Giant gator to float during Art Basel

Small Text Medium Text Large Text Print Email PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - An artist is building a 275-foot long alligator for this year's Art Basel that will float through Biscayne Bay."Something like this has never been done before. It is highly historic and very unique," said Lloyd Goradesky, who created the Gator in the Bay.Just a stones throw from the Everglades, Goradesky is creating a giant alligator for the event. When finished, the 275-foot long reptile will be mounted on a self-propelled barge and will swim through Biscayne Bay. Quick Clicks Teen in Israel: 'It's really undescribable'' Car drives into UPS store Slain woman filed claims against both husbands On this date in weather history - November 16th 2nd charged after 4 shot in Sept The upper jaw will be fixed to a hidden crane so it can open its moth and the rest of the reptile will be even more creative."We have created floating art tiles that are 4 feet by 8 feet long and the tiles will be two inches thick," said Goradesky.Connected and floating behind the head will be 102 photo mosaic tiles to resemble the body and tail."You are looking at close to 2,000 images and if you look at them, you can see they are all beautiful landscapes and images with the Everglades theme but from afar, you can see that the scales of the alligator start to become very apparent," said Goradesky.The alligator head weighs about 30,000 pounds. It was mostly built with reinforced steel. When finished, it will be sliced into three pieces so it can be transported.About 100 people, including engineers who designed the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport expansion and the Interstate 595 Express toll lanes, have worked on the project. It is meant to bring awareness to the Everglades."The entire piece is green friendly. It is made from used material, recycled material, material found in junkyards," said Goradesky.The prehistoric public piece has already cost over $200,000 to build but it is built to last."We have considered things like 50 knot wind conditions and eight inch waves that could disrupt the piece," said Goradesky. Copyright 2012 by Post Newsweek. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.