Alligator park bench - CODAworx

Alligator park bench

Client: City of Sugar Land

Location: Sugar Land, TX, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $22,000

Project Team


Colin Selig

Office of Economic Development

Patty Holley

The City of Sugar Land


Crush, the Alligator is a whimsical sculptural bench which serves as a unique identifier for Lonnie Green Park, situated along a riverside in the Houston area. Dimensions: 10’ x 7’ x 2’


In 2022 The City renovated the park including new children’s play areas and picnic tables. They commissioned this alligator bench to add a functional element that would complement the other amenities while giving the park a playful and unique identifier.


The bench was constructed at the artist’s studio by repurposing regionally sourced scrap steel propane tanks which were carefully dissected and reassembled, with no additional reshaping of the material, a process with a minimal carbon footprint which produces durable objects that contain 99% post-consumer reused content. All parts were seam welded together to form a very rigid structure with no flat surfaces or pockets for water to collect. To ensure it would be safe for human interaction, all welds and edges were sanded smooth. The sculpture was coated in a super durable architectural grade powder coat.