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Metal Sculptures of Galleta Meadows
Borrego Springs, Anza Borrego



metal sculptures



metal sculptures

Galleta Meadows: Although not exactly a hike, one interesting thing to do in Anza Borrego is to look at the life-size metal sculptures created by Ricardo Breceda. This activity will require that you drive a little, stop the car to admire the colossal artwork, then get back into the car to see the next one. Thus, this could be something to do when it is too hot to hike. Though, these sculptures are amazing regardless of the weather!

Multimillionaire Dennis Avery (as in "Avery" office supplies) commissioned Ricardo Breceda to create a "creature desert" for all to enjoy. The metal sculptures (which include dinosaurs, saber-toothed cats, sloths, birds of prey, wild horses, elephants, llamas, camels, and various people) can be found on the estate called "Galleta Meadows" in Borrego Springs. Although this is private property, it is open to the public. Dennis Avery allows visitors to enter his desert estate to enjoy the giant metal creatures.

The sculptures are made with scrap reinforcement bars, wire, and metal. Breceda welds these raw materials together and then adds texture by pounding the metal with hammers and sledgehammers. Currently, there are over 50 sculptures but Avery and Breceda hope to have over 100 when they are done.

metal sculptures

Above: Gomphotherium is a prehistoric animal similar to the modern day elephant. The major noticeable difference being the two is that the Gomphotehrium has 4 tusk: 2 on upper jaw and 2 on lower jaw.

metal sculptures Bicardo Breceda's shop is called Perris Jurassic Park and it is located off highway 215 in Perry, California. Read more about this project here.



metal sculptures

metal sculptures


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