Monday, July 26, 2010

The Cardiff Kook



A few years back, in the interest of public art, our powers that be had a bronze statue of a surfer installed along the Coast Highway. The reception by local surfers was a wave of derision, given that the stance of the surfer is far from realistic. However, as time has gone by, the swell of outrage has ebbed and the statue is now known almost fondly as "The Cardiff Kook".



In the dark of night, local pranksters keep up a steady tide of mischief. At Halloween, the statue sported a jumbo carved pumpkin head. Above, it wears a skirt and a wrestling mask and carries an umbrella. At one point, to no avail, sheriff's deputies stepped up patrols to stop the mockery. No actual damage has ever been done.



On the Fourth of July, it was dressed as Uncle Sam, with a red, white and blue top hat and cutaway jacket. Above, a chaste nightgown, at Christmas a Santa hat. But the piece de resistance is below. A gigantic papier mache great white shark, mouth open wide, ready to swallow the whole statue. This will be a hard act to follow.



Below, a closer look.

2 comments:

Sweet Repose said...

What a hoot and it's awesome that the kids don't damage the statue...all in fun...only in California.

Hey, have you heard about 'tarp surfing', I turned my skateboarder Grandson onto it the other day on U-tube, he'd never heard of it before...did I say 'only in California'!!! LOVE IT!!!
(and I bet he tries it)!!!

Eryl Shields said...

The shark is phenomenal! Interactive art at its sharpest.