Artist Statement

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“My goal was to capture an iconic image of South Florida – my hometown, so I built the world’s largest alligator.” Lloyd Goradesky, artist.

‘Gator in the Bay’ is a 33,000 pound alligator the size of a football field that floats. The head is a 3-story steel sculpture built on a self-propelled barge using recycled junkyard materials, . The upper jaw attached to the boom of a crane, opens and closes, The body is a photo mosaic using individual boards (called Floating Art Tiles) with photographs of the Everglades (captured by the artist) which took four years and $1 million to complete.

Each Floating Art Tile has over 3000 unique images of the Florida Everglades that are the size of a postage stamp. The entire illusion of the alligator body is created with over 325,000 Everglades images photographed by Goradesky, 83,000 images were unique. His artistic invention, Floating Tile Art™, is an example of a new medium in art that is unique. Using the SCALGio™ process to print on highly buoyant boards, Goradesky has created a wonderful way to display photographs on water.

Using the Power of Art to bring awareness to our natural surroundings, Goradesky’s art extends from muti-media design to complex photographic creations. His artistic goal is to get the viewer to look through the actual art piece and to interpret the meaningful message. His personal goal is to create the world’s largest assembled photograph.

After years of inventing and experimenting with various print media, he created SCALGio™, an eco-friendly printing technique to apply images on unusual media that creates archival museum quality art. Goradesky combines his technical skills with unusual printing techniques that are unique to the art world. His art uses different materials that would normally not be found in any print lab or artist’s studio.

The image of Gator in the Bay was used to announce the first Art Basel Hong Kong. The grandiose scale of the art has only been surpassed by the worldwide acclaim that has been received by the work. As his list of accolades and recognition continue to grow, Goradesky reaches an audience that appreciates the power of art along with its message.

My collage technique is very complex. The technique used for Alligator Head Mosaic is different than the technique used to create the body (see Floating Art Tile #1). My images can be hung portrait or landscape. The Alligator Head Mosaic can be viewed at 90, 180, or 270 degrees and maintain interpretation. This piece can look like a gorilla face, or bodybuilder posing, or ‘sex act’.

Gator in the Bay changes throughout the day and night. During daylight, the illusion of the body of an alligator appears. In darkness, using marine lighting, the Art Tiles become silhouettes and appear as alligator scales. Goradesky’s work is compared to Christo. His art is an experience.


Discovery Channel interview that explains the story:
Part 1 (2012) –
Part 2 (2014) –



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