Giant gator head to float off Florida coast

40-ton artwork made from reclaimed parts

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A new piece of artwork that will soon be floating off the South Florida coast will likely have people doing double takes.

Artwork resembling the head of a giant alligator is expected to start floating through Fort Lauderdale Monday. It's made entirely used, recycled, junkyard and landfill materials.

Hollywood artist Lloyd Goradesky and Florida Everglades historian Cesar Becerra are launching the 40-ton artwork titled "Floating Tile Art: Gator in the Bay."

 The South FloridaSun-Sentinel reports  a self-propelled barge built into the head will steer the piece, while a crane boom inside will open and close the gator's mouth to about three stories high.

The artwork will end up on Biscayne Bay where it will float in the area throughout Art Basel, an international art fair that will celebrate its 11th year in South Florida this month.

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