Term 3D students just finished up their papier-mâché alebrije sculptures today. Fabulous colors & patterns! Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes originated with artist Pedro Linares (see left). In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, and clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, “Alebrijes.” Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw in cardboard and papier-mâché and called them Alebrijes.
da Vinci 3D students designed their own alebrije sculpture (see photo grid below). Each sculpture is a hybrid of several animals combined. Students chose their animals based on characteristics they have in common. Each design is very unique!