California Statues (page 10)

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sculpture group
Auburn, CA
Kenneth Fox began building this concrete sculpture group in the early 1960s. They are installed in front of his dental office. The controversy about the statues' nudity seems to have waned. The Amazon Archer is the largest, at 42 feet tall. There is also an Amazon with the spear and a male figure struggling to release himself from chains. For more, see this website. [map]

Chinese Coolie
Auburn, CA
This statue entitled Chinese Coolie was also created by Ken Fox. It is a tribute to the Chinese laborers that contributed to the construction of the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The concrete and steel statue is 22 feet tall and 33 feet long. It was created in 1972 and installed at Fox's dental practice. It was moved to its present location at the former train station in 1989. For more, see this website. [map]

Porterville, CA
Claude Chana
Auburn, CA
This Farmer was created by Ken Fox in 1977 for the city's Bicentennial. It is entitled "Salute to the Farmer". For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This statue of Claude Chana was installed in 1975. Chana is credited with the discovery of gold in 1848 which led to the establishment of Auburn. The concrete statue was also created by Ken Fox. [map]

Ken Fox also created this statue in Auburn, CA.

Desert Christ Park
Yucca Valley, CA
Desert Christ Park features more than 40 statues depicting scenes from Christ's life. The statues were created by Frank Antone Martin from steel-reinforced concrete. The park was dedicated in 1951. I believe the Rock Chapel was built in 1954. It was designed by Frank Garske and built by him and Ed Garver. Many of the statues were damaged by an earthquake in 1992. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More California:
Little Caesars (Arvin)
Alphy (Inglewood) [vintage; gone]
Taco Bell Boy (Irvine) [gone]
Paul Bunyans (various cities)
Western Exterminator (various cities)

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