Tree of Life? It’s a John Deere 790! For Some, Cabrera’s Vintage Tractor has Totemic Power that Trumps Folk Mythology

The first phase of Texas sculptor Margarita Cabrera’s retrospective that opened at the El Paso Museum of art on Sunday has already garnered some press attention from an unlikely source- Machinefinder.com, a website devoted to vintage John Deere tractors, featured Cabrera’s Arbol de la Vida (John Deere #790), mistakenly calling the ceramic sculpture a customized tractor-saying “Though it has been modified to include several artistic drawings and paintings, the vehicle still resembles the true form of the agricultural giant’s traditional machine.”

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