California Statues (page 6)

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Pharaoh's Adventure Park [gone]
Redlands, CA


Splash Kingdom Waterpark [gone]


This giant Sphinx guarded the entrance to Pharaoh's Adventure Park when this first photo above was taken. The park operated from 1996-2006. In 2012, it reopened as the Splash Kingdom Waterpark. The Sphinx and other Egyptian-themed statues and mini golf course inside the park were still there in 2013. By 2018, the Sphinx was gone. I don't know if the other statues are still there. In 2020, there was a major fire on the property. I doubt this place will ever reopen.

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
Golden Buddha
Amboy, CA
The Amitabah Buddha statue in Mecca was installed at the Tam Nguyen Temple III in 2017. The statue is at least 20 feet tall. [map]

The Golden Buddha statue in Amboy was installed around 2021. According to one account, it was discovered in the 1990s during a construction project, buried in the deep sand. The statue is now missing his right hand and is covered with stickers. [map]

Thien Vien Chan Nguyen Buddhist Meditation Temple
Adelanto, CA
These statues and dozens of others are located at the 15-acre property of the Thien Vien Chan Nguyen Buddhist Meditation Temple. The Temple was built in 2011. [map]

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