California Statues (page 6)

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Theodor Seuss Geisel
La Jolla, CA
This sculpture of Theodor Seuss Geisel is installed next to the Geisel Library at UCSD. Geisel, best known for writing Dr. Seuss children's books, was a major donor to the university. The life-sized bronze sculpture was created by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Geisel's stepdaughter. It was installed in 2004. The Cat in the Hat stands behind Geisel. There is another casting of the statue in Springfield, MA which was Geisel's birthplace.

Tunaman's Memorial
San Diego, CA
The Tunaman's Memorial sculpture was created by Franco Vianello and dedicated in 1988. The 21-foot-tall bronze sculpture is a tribute to the fishing industry which was based in San Diego Bay. For more, see this website. [map]

Amitabah Buddha
Mecca, CA
Jack Murphy
San Diego, CA
Barrel Man
Geyserville, CA
The Amitabah Buddha statue was installed at the Tam Nguyen Temple III in 2017. The statue is at least 20 feet tall. [map]

Jack Murphy was a sports editor for the San Diego Union newspaper. He was instrumental in bringing the Chargers from Los Angeles to San Diego in 1961. He was also a key player in the construction of the San Diego Stadium (now SDCCU Stadium) which is visible behind him. The football stadium was built in 1967. It was known as Jack Murphy Stadium from 1981-1997. Murphy's Labrador Retriever, "Abe," was also featured in many of his news columns. This 13-foot-tall bronze statue was installed in 2003. [map]

Barrel Man was created by Victor Trentadue. In 2016, a similar sculpture at this location held just one barrel. This sculpture has been there since around 2017. There is another similar sculpture nearby that holds a barrel and a bottle. [map]

Sebastopol, CA
The Firefighter sculpture was created by Patrick Amiot in 2017. It was installed in front of the Graton Fire Department in 2021. [map]

Harvest of Progress
Tracy, CA
This Harvest of Progress sculpture pays tribute to Tracy's railroad and agricultural heritage. The bronze sculpture was installed in 2013 in a roundabout downtown. It was designed by Rowland Cheney and is about 16 feet tall. The farmer and railroad conductor stand back-to-back. For more, see this website. [map]

Jedediah Smith
San Dimas, CA
This bronze sculpture of Jedediah Smith was created by Victor Issa in 1992. The explorer camped in San Dimas in 1826. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Cesar E. Chavez Memorial
Riverside, CA
The Cesar E. Chavez Riverside Memorial sculpture was created by Ignacio Gomez and installed in 2013. It depicts a six-foot-tall Chavez leading farmworkers from the fields. [map]

Father Junipero Serra
Hillsborough, CA
This Father Junipero Serra statue is 26 feet tall and made of concrete. It was created by Louis DuBois in 1976. The statue is located on a rest stop on the Junipero Serra Freeway. Serra was Franciscan missionary who founded a chain of Spanish mission churches on the California coast. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Sporty Kids
Sacramento, CA
The three painted bronze statues entitled the Sporty Kids were created by Tony Natsoulas. Each of the statues is about four feet tall and is installed on a concrete base. They were installed in Granite Regional Park around 2006. [map]

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