Argentine artist Alfredo Segatori has created a new trash sculpture of Argentine folk hero Gauchito Gil in Buenos Aires. Photos by BA Street Art.
The artwork is made of scrap metal, old car parts, bric-a-brac refuse sacks and tarpaulin.
Antonio Gil is a 19th cult figure who is revered in Argentina. After deserting the army, Gil – a Robin Hood-like figure who stole from the rich to give to the poor – became a wanted man. He survived an ambush after being shot many times by the police with an amulet preventing a bullet from killing him.
After Gil was eventually captured by police and hung from a tree before his throat was slit. Many Argentines regard Gil as a good luck charm and protector and helps them avoid road traffic accidents.
In the last few years, Segatori and his team have created a series of striking trash sculptures around the city of Buenos Aires including a Chinaman, a buddha and different fun characters.
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