The Garden of Gethsemane is home to the art of Felix Lucero, a soldier in World War I who was dying on the battlefield when he promised to spend his life creating religious sculptures if the Virgin Mary saved him. Lucero survived and ended up living in a shack under an underpass, where he started creating sculptures depicting the Crucifixion and the Last Supper from items he found in the Santa Cruz River. The sculptures have taken a beating, yet remain intact thanks to volunteers who've fixed the damage from weather and vandalism over the years. The garden is usually locked up, but the gates sometimes swing open on weekends so passers-by can get a glimpse of this unique snippet of Tucson's artistic past.
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