At a quick glance, a person couldn't be ridiculed for thinking that the Tire Alligators were real alligators. First of all, for many, such crocodilian creatures are not a common sighting. Secondly, the markings on each of the sculptures mimic their scales fairly realistically. Yet the Tire Alligators are made out of tire treads, so they are not real in the least.
Designed by Eric Langert, the Tire Alligators are part of his larger Animal Park installations, which also features a dinosaur out of old radiators, a spider out of hockey gloves and a bird out of Venetian blinds. He writes, "Man borrows nearly all of his ideas, fantasies and creations directly from nature. [...My work] is in fact an investigation of what man has borrowed, what we see, what we perceive."