Eccentric art flourishes along outskirts of Buenos Aires


              Gardener Juan Acosta mows a front yard decorated with several robots resembling the Transformers of the American animated television series of the 80s, and a replica of Star Wars robot character R2-D2, in Adrogué, Argentina, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Passersby can see the Transformers from the sidewalk. “Curious people take photos daily," Acosta said of the robots made from recycled materials. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A giant head of Po the red Teletubby, transformed into a water tank lid, can be seen by motorists traveling along the General Paz highway, in Ciudadela, Argentina, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. Ignacio Castro, who rents the apartment just below the tank, said that when he was about to move in, he found the head of the character of the television children's series in the kitchen. He gave it to his uncle but the owner of the building demanded it be returned. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A sculpture of Homer Simpson flashing a thumbs up and wearing a chef's hat, stands on the top of an aluminum roof of the grill that bears the name of 'The Simpsons' protagonist, in Ciudadela, Argentina, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. Waiters said that the owner of the business which serves cuts of grilled meat, brought the sculpture in a truck from the coastal city of Mar del Plata. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              The Argentine version of Paris' Arc de Triumph, which stands 36 feet high, features an embossment depicting comedian Carlitos Balá on one of its columns, in Ituzaingo, Argentina, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Created by the artist Rubén Díaz, who is considered a "generator of fantasies". He has several constructions around town inspired by European works, but that are Argentine, explained Diaz, who is a retired architect. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A replica of a leaning Tower of Pisa constructed by artist and architect Rubén Díaz, adorns a private garden in Ituzaingo, Argentina, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Replicas of several European masterworks in the municipality were carried out by Díaz, who is considered a “generator of fantasies.” Díaz's goal is in part to let his neighbors "travel” to places they would normally never see. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A water tank made to look like a large hand holding a soccer ball stands on the roof of a house recalling the famous goal Diego Maradona scored with his hand against England in the 1986 World Cup, in the La Cumbre neighborhood on the outskirts of La Plata, Argentina, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. The structure, built by a bricklayer known as "Tiki" by the neighbors, memorializes Maradona's famous goal that came to be known as the "Hand of God." (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A dog walks past a sculpture of a dinosaur displayed in the front yard of bricklayer Daniel Niz, in the Sol de Oro neighborhood of Ezeiza, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.  “My son wanted a rubber (dinosaur) and it was expensive, so I decided to make this out of recycled things and materials,” Niz said. He previously had the dinosaur on a patio inside his house but he decided to put it outside so people could take photos of the 1.2-ton structure.  (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A water tank towers over the town's public square in Monte Grande, Argentina, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The enormous water tank became a work of art in 2020 when, at the municipality's request, artist Leandro García Pimentel painted a mural on it depicting fire, earth, air and water. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A bust depicting Juan Domingo Perón, three-time president of Argentina, and his wife Eva “Evita” María Duarte, in an embrace, sits on a piece of wood atop a barrel, on the patio of the artist Héctor Duarte's family home, in San Miguel, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. A cement tear runs down the cheek of Evita who was known as the "flag-bearer of the poor”, evoking the historic moment in which a cancer-stricken Evita tells the crowd gathered for a public act in 1951 that she will not accompany her husband as his vice presidential candidate. After her early death in 1952, she became enshrined in Argentina’s national mythology. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A cement sculpture of a gorilla named Pepe with a cup of mate, is chained to a wall to prevent it from being snatched, in San Miguel, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The creator of the boat-shaped house and the gorilla statue is sculptor and painter Héctor Duarte, who died in 2020. Duarte's family has received offers to buy the cement sculpture, but they refuse to sell. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Dogs frolic near a 49-foot replica of a Statue of Liberty, in General Rodriguez, Argentina, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. The structure is a leftover from the “Liberty Motocross” circuit operated there years ago, according to the caretaker of the property, Pablo Sebastián. 
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              On the terrace of a two-story house stands a large water tank in the shape of a kettle, like ones used by Argentines to make tea-like infusions known as mate, in the Villa Raffo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.  It was built in 1957 by Italian immigrant Victorio Smerilli and some relatives. “They decided to do it as a replica of the ‘Victor’ kettle they sold in a store located downstairs in this same house,” said Gustavo Smerilli, the immigrant's grandson.  (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A cardboard recycler pulls his cart past the home of Miguel Muñoz, where a replica of the Eiffel Tower, stands on a rooftop, elevated on a pile of bricks, in La Tablada, Argentina, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Muñoz, 58, proudly explains how his father, a blacksmith, built it out of leftover iron with the guidance of brochures from the French embassy.  “He gave it to me on my birthday, that's why I don't sell it,” Muñoz said. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Liliana Gutiérrez looks at the horse-shaped water tank built by her father in the San Jorge neighborhood of Florencio Varela, Argentina, Monday, Oct. 26, 2022. Nostalgia led Gervasio Gutiérrez, a peasant turned bricklayer from the distant province of Jujuy, to build the tank on the terrace of his daughter's house. Before the existence of GPS trackers, the horse-shaped water tank that many confused with a cow, was often used as a reference point for travelers. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Eccentric art flourishes along outskirts of Buenos Aires