Tequila Herradura commissioned me to create a sculpture which brings to life the story of the rich heritage and lore of their craft. La Piña Mitica tells a tale steeped in a magic, history, and adventure! The barrel represents the infamous town of Amatitan, MX, where the same family has been making tequila for generations. Many legends circulate through the ancient series of tunnels that run underneath the town – Catholic clergy evading persecution from hostile forces, chests filled with gold, and even a dragon are rumored to exist therein. The steps surrounding the form mimic the agave’s core once the leaves have been removed, resulting in what tequileros call la piña or pineapple. The plant in this form is then steamed and squeezed to produce what will become an excellent tequila!