A 230-foot alligator is invading Miami just in time for Art Basel.
The massive "Gator in the Bay" art project will arrive at the Miami Yacht Club Monday in anticipation of Art Basel, which kicks off Thursday.
The gator left Fort Lauderdale Sunday and is being brought to the yacht club by an eco-friendly barge. It will stay there through the weekend.
Events are planned throughout the weekend, including a Thursday event with the Miami Marlins.
Gator in the Bay is the creation of artist Lloyd Goradesky, who grew up in Miami. The four-year project cost about $1 million and is the work of about 300 people. It is being used to raise awareness for the Florida Everglades.
"The purpose of the project is to raise awareness for the Everglades which is synonymous with saving our own environment," Goradesky said. "We need to take care of our water supply, we need to take care of our community."
The body of the gator uses 104 tiles, which will be sold individually when the art piece is dismantled over the weekend. It's made out of steel and recyclable materials.
"It's definitely the largest exhibit at Art Basel," spokeswoman Kim Goedde said.
Goradesky said he will be taking photos of the gator from the air and air plane rides will be available.
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