Mexican cultural sculptures add color to Wheaton Park

Exhibition of Mexican art sculptures in the Cantigny park until October

WHEATON, IL— An outdoor art exhibit called ‘Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World” opened in June in Wheaton.

The DuPage Mexican Cultural Center commissioned six artists from Mexico City to create these works of art. Nearly 50 sculptures reside in Cantigny Park.

The exhibition pays tribute to the famous Mexican artist Pedro Linares whose fever dream in 1936 brought these creatures to life. While Alebrijes was a coined word from that dream, it stuck and spawned a new kind of art in real life – even serving as inspiration for the Disney movie “Coco.”

It took about four months to construct each sculpture from wire, papier-mâché, and lots of lacquer.

Admission to the exhibit will be included in Cantigny’s regular parking fee, currently $5 per car ($10 on summer weekends).

The sculptures were on display until October.

After the exhibition closes, the sculptures will be donated to local schools, museums, and others may be sold. Companies or organizations that have sponsored a specific alebrije will be able to keep their sculptures.