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Now that the Blue Gorilla is gone, say hi to the Green Coyote

Don Kennell's "Green Coyote" is on display in the Santa Fe Railyard. (Courtesy of the Railyard Stewards)

Don Kennell’s “Green Coyote” is on display in the Santa Fe Railyard. (Courtesy of the Railyard Stewards)

SANTA FE, N.M. — First we had a blue gorilla; now we’ve got a green coyote.

This Santa Fe coyote is more than howling-at-the-moon kitsch. This new temporary sculpture in the Railyard Park by Don Kennell is a lean, green-eyed, alert trickster that will be on displaly through October. Kennell, by the way, also built the Blue Gorilla and Scrap Yard Dog, prevoiusly in view in the Railyard.

You can find the Green Coyote in the picnic area below the Performance Green. Like the gorilla, the coyote is made from automobile sheet metal on a steel frame and towers over its biological kin at 13 feet tall, 16 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

According to a newsletter from the Railyard Stewards, Kennell was inspired by coyote-killing contests to create “a dynamic, complex, sympathetic public image of the coyote as well as bring attention to the broader environmental issues we face.”

So, if you aren’t already in communion with God’s dogs wandering through your neighborhood, give the sculpture a visit.