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Topic - Alejandro Santiago
TEOCOCUILCO, Mexico (AP) -- Alejandro Santiago's picturesque hometown in southern Mexico for decades has said goodbye to its young people as they have left to seek work in the United States. Now the Oaxacan artist is trying to repopulate his town — at least metaphorically.
No two sculptures are alike, he says, and many of the faces have been sculpted to reflect the hardship of migrants' lives in both Mexico and the United States.
He says the extra figure symbolizes that one more person is always leaving, risking his or her life to try to reach the United States.