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Metal Sculptures in Anza Borrego Part I

I was OMG! Oh My Gravy! I was expecting this. I wanted to see these sculptures for a long time. I just didn’t expect how astonishing seeing it in person.

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Movie: High Fidelity – Music Elitist? What is your All-time Top Five? Er… Maybe High Fidelity might make it to my all time Top Five music-related movies. Laura, Laura, Laura, the name resonates my head watching this movie. The performance was a sweet surprise at the end of the movie. 😉 The soundtrack are thumbs up too.

Music: Tom McRae by Tom McRae – Top Five Albums of 00’s? I consider this self-titled album as one of it! Deep, dark, and beautiful. This singer-songwriter has the voice, eloquence, tune, and emotion. A true praise-worthy album. I bought my copy for 50 cents.

Here he is with Sao Paolo Rain

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I went straight to Park Center and immediately was provided the map and booklet about these metal sculptures. It’s what I drove 4 hours to the end of California for and so, up I went in a jiffy, excited to see metals :).

I first drove South. Part 2 of this will be the one for the North.

It was so awesome. I drove on the road and spotted these bigger-than-life creatures. Take a turn on dirt roads. (Don’t worry – I didn’t even use 4-wheel) Laid scattered in Anza Borrego Desert State Park are these metal sculptures. They are all over the place too. I felt like I was cruising in a safari. The desert background helps a lot too in making it dramatic. It was awe-inspiring, bedazzling, and just impressive. Magnificent!

I love BS. I love Borrego Springs. 😀 Anza Borrego is straight to my list of must-see places in California.

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The man behind these magnum opuses is Ricardo Breceda. Probably the most recognized is the Sand Serpent. It’s body appears as if going in and out of the sand, stops at the road, and continues across it.

I provided a video too. It’s Dream Big California featuring Ricardo Breceda.

More of Anza Borrego and these sculpture in Part II. 😉 …. including the Sand Serpent …

Last Call …

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      • I have your name on my list of players, Rommel. In case of upcoming problems, I’m in the midst of changing blog addresses, so we may suffer link problems—temporarily. Once I have the quirks ironed out of orples.net, I’ll make an announcement, and try to re-link then. Keep your eyes opened. 🙂

          • I’m still working on my old blog, and will try to get everything moved to my new blog, once I iron out the kinks. I just want everyone to know about this transition due to the temporary problems that I might incur. No worries, Rommel. I’ve got you covered. 🙂

  1. I’m so glad you reminded me of this place! Long ago we used to camp in this general area and I need to get my granddaughters out to see the sculptures. I have never taken the entire auto tour…this is a good time of year to do it–better than in the summer. 🙂 They really are amazing!

    • Yup! I always wait for “winter” season before I go to desert areas. Just like last year when I went to Palm Springs.
      Ow, I went to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Kinda cool with it being free and the parking fees is only a dollar an hour.

      • My family lives in San Pedro and there really is a lot to explore there. My granddaughters spend a lot of time between the Long Beach Aquarium and the Cabrillo. I have learned a lot accompanying them–they now more about marine life than I do! 🙂

  2. What a talented man, I like the horses best of all. These sculptures are placed in the perfect natural gallery, absolutely splendid. But then you know how I love sculpture 🙂

  3. Rommel – great art – I soaked this up much! California is truly one of the coolest and most diverse places in the world – such great State 🙂 and I would love to see Borrego Springs in person someday 🙂 ❤ in the meantime, I will soak up your posts – have a great night amigo and now
    I am going to check out your featured blog –

    take care ❤ ❤

  4. These are outstanding Rommel!!!! Love the horses especially. Strange that I hadn’t heard of these sculptures before! I owe you thanks for the education 🙂

  5. Oh wow! That is really awesomely cool! I didn’t even realise it was metal until you brought it up…and the details are just amazing…ok, this is a good one..👍😄

  6. Beautiful captures. I’ve read other blogs about these amazing sculptures and am thinking next winter is a must for us to visit. Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  7. Amazing! Thank you for the sculpture tour, Rommel. I love the horse sculpture especially. The first one looks so real. All are dramatic and magnificent via your lens!!

  8. Hello, Rommel, I can’t believe there is a place like this. It’s on my list of to-see now! Thank you so much! How did you find all of these interesting places? 😉 Helen

    • The place is advertised enough for California travel destinations. If you’re a true California traveller at heart, then it’s not hard to find out about this place. 😀

  9. Very cool, sometimes what artists do just amazes…and thank you for taking us along for the ride (and with a nice accompaniment of music too). Plus, this is in such a scenic area, especially for someone like me who grew up around high/desert plains. A nice find and great way to spend the day ~ art along with a diverse set of subjects to photograph to boot… So well done Rommel ~ Cheers.

  10. This post slipped through the ‘reader’ cracks… glad I circled back, Rommel. You’re excursion and images bring back my SoCal days. I miss them. Thanks for rekindling good memories, You have an exceptionally good eyes for destinations and the manner in which you capture and share what you experience. Nicely done!

  11. We love Anza Borrego. Ricardo Breceda has a studio just down the road from where we are staying. There are wild horses on the hills on the drive along Hwy 79. BTW, did you receive an email I sent you about a week or so ago?

  12. Woaah this is so…GRAND ! There is so much detail in all of it and obvious hardwork. Magnificent sculptures, Thanks for sharing all this new stuff with us, I really enjoyed it Rommel 🙂

  13. Amazing. I really happy when seeing these. I love art in its different forms and I have also presented many kind of them, but these are something which make me speechless.

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