Forbidden Sewergator Art
Well, perhaps not exactly forbidden. For one reason or another,
though, several pieces of sewergator art are unavailable. The
best we can do is to provide brief descriptions.
Celluloid Sewergator: From Vincent Canby's review of Alligator
(New York Times, June 5, 1981):
It is 1968, and the Kendall family, while on vacation in Florida, visits an
alligator farm where 12-year-old Marisa buys a 10-inch-long baby alligator as a
pet. Back home in their large Middle Western city, which sometimes looks like
Chicago, sometimes like Detroit and sometimes even like Los Angeles (though it's
supposed to be in Missouri), Dad Kendall becomes fed up with Marisa's attachment
for Ramon, which is the name she's given the little alligator, and flushes him
down the toilet.
Tommy Bob says check it out.
The Great Sewergator Installation of '88: In 1988, three
artists--Brookie Maxwell, Amy Rosmarin, and Jim Moorehead--wired
twenty-one papier-mache alligators to sewer grates around New
York City. The gators disappeared almost as soon as they were
installed, though whether they were stolen, or merely came to
life and went to join their fellows in the sewers, has never been
For the whole story: New Yorker magazine, March 28, 1988,
Sewergator on the Boards: From the Los Angeles Times,
November 3, 1988:
"Are There Alligators in the Sewers of the City of Los Angeles?" is
the hefty title of Aweezel Hed Stage Adventure's slight but friendly
play for children 12 and under at the Richmond Shepard Theatre A in
sewergator.com's drama critic hasn't had an opportunity to review
this play yet, but is certain that anything mentioning sewergators can't
be all bad.