Alebrijes

By Cecilia Genzlinger, Spanish teacher

Mis estudiantes de séptimo grado han trabajado en este proyecto llamado “alebrijes”* por algunas semanas. Ellos han creado con la ayuda de su imaginación estos hermosos alebrijes como parte de un proyecto cultural de nuestra clase de español.  Pueden encontrarlos en las escaleras cerca de la entrada principal. Esperamos que los disfruten.

For the past several weeks, my seventh grader have been working on a project called “alebrijes."* They have created, with the help of their imagination, these beautiful sculptures as part of a cultural project of our Spanish class.  You can find them by the main stairwell of the Lombard building. We hope you will enjoy them.

* Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill, and while he was in bed, unconscious, he dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There he saw trees, animals, rocks, and clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, into some kinds of fantastic animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, and a lion with an eagle head – and all of them were shouting one word, "alebrijes." Upon recovery, Linares began re-creating the creatures he had seen cardboard and papier-mâché and called them "alebrijes."