Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sidebar: Galleta Meadows Sea Serpent


Oddly fitting for the Chinese year of the water dragon, the newest addition to Dennis Avery’s (of Avery Business Supply) steel sculpture studded ranch surrounding Borrego Springs is a 350-foot serpentine "sea" dragon erected at the tail end of 2011 in the sands adjacent to the Anza Borrego State Park, east of San Diego.

Paying tribute to the area’s fame for fossil discoveries, Avery’s “Sky Art” exhibit at Galleta Meadows Estate began to take form in 2008 when he contracted self-taught artist Ricardo Breceda to bring the past to life. Anatomically correct life-sized replicas of slinking muscle strapped saber tooth lions, grazing mammoths, nursing camels and battling raptors now stand out against the desert sky, along with the gomphotheres as the real McCoy did eons ago. Visitors are invited to hike, bike, horseback ride, and camp free of charge for up to three days on the estate amidst more than 130 freestanding welded sculptures.

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