Alligators and a Catfish 1984
Louisiana World's Fair
New Orleans, LA
collaboration with Charles Moore, FAIA for The
the main pedestrian link at the New Orleans World’s Fair.
Wonderwall had a celestial, terrestrial, and subterranean theme.
Wulke was asked to design and make alligator figures as seating
units for the subterranean section.
Alligators live in the Mississippi River not far from the Fair site
and the City of New Orleans is subterranean and exists thanks to the levy
bags that hold back the River waters.
The alligators were designed to be made of 40 specially sized levy
bags filled with concrete and covered in STO, a plastic stucco coating.
Each of the four alligators had an individual personality with
The final figure was a catfish, also a familiar native to New
All who came upon the alligators and catfish were delighted and
enjoyed their landscaped bodies for climbing, playing and seating.