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Ballerina Clown
Venice, CA
Fred Flintstone
Los Angeles, CA
Surfer
Santa Cruz, CA
This Ballerina Clown is installed on the Renaissance Building, over a CVS drug store. Originally, the 30 foot tall statue's right leg kicked. It was created by Jonathan Borofsky and installed here in 1989. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Fred Flintstone statue is mounted on a pole in an empty lot. Does anyone know why he might be up there? The statue has been there since at least 2003. It may have come from a Bedrock City or Universal Studios. For more, see this website. [map]

This 18 foot tall bronze Surfer statue was commissioned by the Santa Cruz Surfing Club in 1992. It was produced by Thomas Marsh. [map]

Surfer
Huntington Beach, CA
Surfer
Hermosa Beach, CA
Surfer [gone]
Fallbrook, CA
This bronze Surfer statue in Huntington Beach is commonly referred to as the Nude Dude. It is officially titled the "Ultimate Challenge." The nude statue was created by Edmond Shumpert in 1976. It is installed at the entrance to the Huntington City Beach. For more, see this website. [map]

The Surfer statue in Hermosa Beach is entitled the Tim Kelly Lifeguard Memorial. This bronze statue was created by Chris Barela and installed in 2005. It was cast from an earlier statue by William Maloney. Tim Kelly, a surfer and lifeguard, was killed in a car crash at the age of 24 in 1964. The original statue was built in 1965 and was made of fiberglass and foam. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This fiberglass Surfer statue in Fallbrook was located in front of a U-Haul truck rental store. This photo is from 2014. I believe the statue was installed here sometime after 2012. By 2015, the statue was gone.

Surfer
Cardiff, CA
This bronze Surfer statue, aka the "Cardiff Kook" was installed in 2007. The statue was created by Matthew Antichevich. It cost $120,000 and is entitled "Magic Carpet Ride". Many of the locals feel that the statue isn't masculine enough and that it doesn't adequately depict the town's surf culture. The statue is frequently decorated in different ways by pranksters. When these photos were taken in 2014, the statue had been dressed for someone's birthday. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Surfer
Hermosa Beach, CA
This Surfer statue represents Dewey Weber, a local surf legend who passed away in 1993. The statue was installed in front of the Hermosa Beach Community Center in 2015. For more, see this website. [map]

Baby [gone]
Long Beach, CA
Chef
Los Angeles, CA
Chef
Yountville, CA
Giant Men [gone]
Marina del Rey, CA
Captain Jack's Prime Rib
Sunset Beach, CA
The Giant Baby peered over the wall of the Long Beach Museum of Art. The 16 foot tall ceramic piece, entitled "Child", was created by Matt Wedel. The neighbors were not been thrilled with the bright yellow, naked sculpture which was installed in 2006 as a temporary exhibit. It was removed in 2008 shortly after this photo was taken. Wedel is keeping the sculpture in storage. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This Chef statue in Los Angeles is installed above the Capri Italian Restaurant. The restaurant has been here since 1963. This statue might be from then. [map]

This Chef statue in Yountville was created by Lorenzo Mills in 2012. The statue of "The Chef" is made from bronze, resin, and steel. For more, see this website. [map]

These Giant Men stood on the roof of the Suit Warehouse when this photo was taken in 2008. By 2012, there was a different store here and the statues were gone.

Captain Jack's Prime Rib opened in 1964. I don't know how long this sailor statue has been here. It appears to be a wood carving. [second photo thanks R.B. Reed] [map]

Eiler Larsen
Laguna Beach, CA
Eiler Larsen
Laguna Beach, CA
These Laguna Beach statues are tributes to Eiler Larsen, also known as "The Greeter". From the mid-1930s through the 1970s, Larsen stood on a corner in town and waved to passing cars and greeted people on the street. He passed away in 1979. This concrete statue shown on the above left was created by Charles Beauvais in the 1960s. It is installed in its original spot at the former Pottery Shack which has been converted into restaurants, shops, and galleries. [map]

The second statue above is installed in front of the Greeter's Corner Restaurant. It was created by Guy Angelo Wilson in 1986 from a redwood log. For more, see these websites: 1 and 3. [map]

former Carpeteria Genie
North Hollywood, CA
The Carpeteria carpet store chain was established in 1960 in Santa Clarita, CA. The first locations were located in the Los Angeles area. I believe the stores only existed in California and Nevada. The company folded in 1999. I believe these genie icons have always been used in their advertising and in conjunction with their signs. These statues are about 20 feet tall and are identical on both sides. They originally supported a Carpeteria sign which graphically represented a roll of carpet.

This North Hollywood location housed L&S Carpet when these photos were taken in 2013. The genie statue remains with an adapted sign. This statue is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. In 2017, Superior Tile moved in and repainted the statue orange and black. I believe there are only five of these statues left. There are two statues in Reno and Las Vegas, NV and two others at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH. [map]

Atlas
Van Nuys, CA
Atlas
Sacramento, CA
The Atlas statue in Van Nuys is installed on the roof of the Duk Su Jang Restaurant. The Atlas statue in Sacramento is installed in front of California Family Fitness. These statues were originally installed at Jack LaLanne Fitness Centers. This was a nationwide chain and there are still a number of these statues around the country being used by various businesses. Two other examples can be found in Reno, NV and Scarsdale, NY. There are several of these statues at various Rainforest Cafe locations. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [Van Nuys map]; [Sacramento map]

Lenin
Los Angeles, CA
Spirit of American Youth
Glendale, CA
Marines
Santa Maria, CA
This bust of Lenin was installed in front of the Ace Museum in 2011. The stainless steel sculpture is about 14 feet tall. It is entitled "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head". It was created by Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang. For more, see this website. [map]

This 18 foot tall Spirit of American Youth sculpture is located at the Americana at Brand shopping mall. It was built in 2008 as a replica of a sculpture in France memorializing Americans that died fighting at Normandy during World War II. For more, see this website.

These two Marine statues are owned by a private collector and displayed in his backyard. There was another one like this in Bethesda, MD. If you know of any others, I'd love to hear from you. These are the six foot tall models. The were also produced in three foot tall models.

Bob's Tire Center
Red Bluff, CA

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Bob's Tire Center
Corning, CA
Jim's Tire Center
Simi Valley, CA
These Bob's Tire Center chainsaw-carved wooden statues were created in the 1990s. There are three of them at this Red Bluff location: one outside and two inside. The statue outside was repainted around 2012. The statue in the window is about half the size of the other two statues. [map]

The Bob's Tire Center in Corning no longer has a statue but the store still features the mascot on its signs. [map]

Jim's Tire Center has another one of these statues. This store was probably a Bob's Tire Center originally. There were other statues like this at the Bob's Tire Center in Chico, CA and another inside the Corning, CA location. Both of those locations are gone. The statue looks a lot like the Tire Man chain mascot. However, instead of a service man's hat, these statues wear cowboy hats. I assume the statues with cowboy hats were the earlier design. The Simi Valley statue was previously located outside the shop. I'm told that the damage to the statue's left ear and hat came from the statue being knocked over during the Northridge earthquake in 1994.

Bobblehead statues
Los Angeles, CA
These three Bobblehead statues were installed in front of Dodger Stadium in 2013. There are two other Bobblehead statues not shown here.

Forever Marilyn [gone]
Palm Springs, CA
Unconditional Surrender
San Diego, CA
This Forever Marilyn statue depicting Marilyn Monroe is 26 feet tall. It was created by Seward Johnson from stainless steel and aluminum. The statue was previously installed in Chicago and was moved here in 2012. The statue was moved to New Jersey in 2014. For more, see this website.

The Unconditional Surrender statue was also created by Seward Johnson. It was inspired by a VJ Day photo from 1945 of a sailor kissing a nurse. The 25 foot tall statue is made of bronze. Johnson's first version of this statue was built in 2005. It was made of styrofoam and installed in Times Square in New York City to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. In 2007, a temporary version of this statue was installed in San Diego. That one was replaced with a permanent version in 2013. It is installed next to the USS Midway Museum. [map]

There was an identical statue in Hamilton, NJ which has been moved to Rome, Italy. There is another one in Sarasota, FL and a smaller one in Waikiki, HI. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Fisk Tire Boy
Bakersfield, CA
This Fisk Tire Boy statue is located at the Clerou Tire Company. The character first appeared in advertising in 1907, using the slogan "Time to Re-Tire". This statue is probably from the 1950s. There are a few other statues like this still on display including these in Michigan. [map]

Fisk Tire Boy
Hayward, CA
Gas Station Attendant [gone]
Hayward, CA
This Fisk Tire Boy statue is located at Bell Plastics. It appears to be a modern reproduction.

This Gas Station Attendant was installed at Bell Plastics in 2014. It was built for a gas station but was never installed due to city restrictions. It was on long-term loan to Bruce Kennedy, the owner of Bell Plastics. The statue went back to the owner in 2016. It is no longer on public display.

There are several other giant statues at Bell Plastics. [map]

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