Help name the new octopus sculpture at the Alebrijes de Cantigny exhibition


The 49th alebrije, a spectacular 15-foot-tall octopus sculpture, is the final creation and crowning achievement of the six artists featured in “Alebrijes: Creatures from a Dream World” at Parc Cantigny through October 30.

The octopus is the culmination of the dream of the six Mexico City artists who created the other 48 works especially for this exhibition.

It took the combined efforts of all six artists to complete the octopus in time.

They were aided by dozens of community volunteers who helped make papier-mache and paint.


Community members helped paint the giant octopus sculpture at Cantigny Park’s ‘Alebrijes: Creatures from a Dream World’.
– Courtesy of Parc Cantigny

The octopus is now complete, but it lacks a very important detail: a name!

Many of the other 48 alebrijes in the exhibit take their names from Spanish or indigenous languages.

The public is invited to visit bit.ly/3OStNYE and choose the word for octopus in Spanish (“pulpo”) or Nahuatl (“atokatl”). Or submit your own suggestion.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Votes and suggestions are welcome until Monday, July 18.

“Alebrijes: Creatures from a Dream World” is on display until October 30 at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton.

Admission is included in Cantigny’s regular parking fee ($5 per car weekdays; $10 weekends). Parking is free on the first Wednesday of the month. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. For more information, visit Cantigny.org/Alebrijes.

“Alebrijes: Creatures from a Dream World” is made possible through a partnership between Cantigny Park, the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau, the DuPage Mexican Cultural Center and the City of West Chicago. Cantigny Park is located in DuPage County, known as an outdoor oasis with robust arts and culture.



The colorful tentacles of the giant octopus sculpture emerge from the ground at Parc Cantigny "Alebrijes: Creatures from a dream world."

The colorful tentacles of the giant octopus sculpture emerge from the ground in Cantigny Park’s ‘Alebrijes: Creatures from a Dream World’.
– Courtesy of Parc Cantigny

“Alebrijes: Creatures from a Dream World” is an example of the unique experiences only found in DuPage. For ideas on pairing a trip to Cantigny with other DuPage destinations, visit “DuPage Road Trip – Where Nature Meets Art” on DiscoverDuPage.com.

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