Vintage John Deere tractors are usually seen as part of a tractor show, state fair or in the fields of a farm, but a Texas artist has chosen to decorate the used farm equipment as an artistic tribute to the vehicle, according to the El Paso Times.
A used John Deere tractor was decorated by Margarita Cabrera and is the focal point of a new, two-year exhibit that is opening at the El Paso Museum of Art. 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, reported the news source.
Cabrera wanted to represent part of the El Paso culture, as the artwork fused with the agriculutural machine typifies what she believed are the core values of the region, according to the Times.
"She is a bit of an activist through her artwork," Michal A. Tomor, director of the museum, told the news source. "You see this sometimes with artists who want to have a platform for discussion through their art. She's pretty direct."
The "tree of life" concept for the John Deere tractor, a staple in the agricultural community of El Paso, will be the theme of the "Arbol de la Vida John Deere Model 790" exhibit, according to the El Paso Art Museum's website.