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Anza Borrego Sculptures Tour - Saturday October 11, 2014

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:13 pm
by DaveK
Details to be posted by Cruiser Larry

Re: Anza Borrego Sculptures Tour - Saturday October 11, 2014

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:04 am
by DaveK

We are very fortunate to have arranged for the artist sculptor, Ricardo Breceda, who has created these works of art, to join us on this tour. Diana Lindsay (of Sunbelt Publications) has written a book covering Mr. Breceda"s career, entitled "Accidental Artist". This overview gives a glimpse of the book:
Placed against the backdrop of the stunning Anza-Borrego desert in southern California, Ricardo Breceda's Sky Art is the perfect blend of stunning craftsmanship and placement in the open desert landscape. Over 120 metallic sculptures are scattered over three non-contiguous square miles of Borrego Valley. From science to history and nature, the sculptures have evolved into whim and fantasy -- something for everyone on this large desert palette. Startling and stunning as these fantastic sculptures are, they beg a story of how they came to be. This is that story.
You can get a further view of Mr. Breceda's works at his website:

Re: Anza Borrego Sculptures Tour - Saturday October 11, 2014

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:59 am
by dlichterman
Any more details on this one Larry? I'd be interested especially if we get to see some stuff that normally we cant.

Re: Anza Borrego Sculptures Tour - Saturday October 11, 2014

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:08 pm
by cruiserlarry
My apologies to all for taking so long to provide info on this run (work has been crazy)

Anyone who has traveled through Borrego Springs has seen at least a few of the amazing sculptors of Ricardo Breceda.

The following quote is from the beautifully illustrated book about Ricardo Breceda, "The Accidental Artist", by Diana Lindsey (also known for her preeminent work on the Anza-Borrego area):

"The vast Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California provides the backdrop for more than 125 life-sized metal sculptures that are a perfect blend of superb artistry and placement in open desert landscape. Ricardo Breceda, the "Accidental Artist", has taken a primitive welding art form of Mexico to new provocative heights with his creation of fanciful creatures that conjure up the past and stoke the fire of imagination."

Ricardo's sculptures can be put into 3 categories: inspired by science, inspired by the history of the Anza-Borrego region, and inspired by fantasy. As you view his sculptures, you can see the progress of his amazing talent over time, in the complexity and detail of the sculptures he created.

The sculptures are all located on land that is accessible to the general public. (Galleta Meadows Estates - land owned by Dennis Avery, philanthopist and patron of Ricardo Breceda, who granted public access for the purpose of viewing the Breceda sculptures). This will allow us to inspect the artwork up close, and get a better feel for the vision of what the artist was trying to portray, both in physical construction, and the placement of each out in the Anza-Borrego Desert region.

In a departure from the other runs, this will be an "on-road" tour through the Borrego Springs area to view, and inspect up close, the fantastic works of an amazing artist - Ricardo Breceda. Any vehicle will suffice - no special equipment or supplies should be necessary. Since we will be in the area surrounding Borrego Springs, we will be able to get gas and food in town. If possible, it would be great to consolidate the number of vehicles going for logistical purposes - in other words, it would be great to have those who want to drive offer their additional seats to others to allow as many as possible to go with the fewest needed vehicles, to save time, fuel, and to allow easier communication amongst those on the tour.

I highly recommend that anyone interested in these sculptures purchase the book by Diana Lindsay, "The Accidental Artist", available through one of OAUSA's sponsors, Sunbelt Books. It is a beautiful book in and of itself, detailing the history behind the artist and his works, along with amazing photographs of the sculptures iby various talented individuals. The book sells for $24.95, and would be a fine addition to any collection or coffee table, while providing the historical timeline of the artist and his works.

Mr. Breceda has recently located his studio in a warehouse nearby - if his schedule permits, we will make a stop at his studio, and have the opportunity to talk with him about his methods, his works, and his vision.

"The Accidental Artist" should be available at major book sellers,, or directly from the publisher at "Ricardo Breceda - The Accidental Artist"

What: Anza-Borrego Sculpture Tour
When: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Meeting Place: Butterfield Ranch Resort Campground
Departure Time: ~9:30am
Return To Camp: ~4:00pm ( in time for the potluck, of course !!! :lol: )
Lead: Larry, W6LPB (Yellow FJ Cruiser)
Tailgunner: TBA
Ham Comm Freq: TBA
Difficulty: Easy
Vehicle Type: 2WD / 4WD / car OK (mostly paved roads, dirt shoulders)
Max # of vehicles: No Limit (within reason - please offer empty seats to others)

Sign Ups: (screen name, call, vehicle, name)

1) cruiserlarry, W6LPB, FJ Cruiser, Larry

Re: Anza Borrego Sculptures Tour - Saturday October 11, 2014

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:28 pm
by Wintermute
Hi Larry,
Since TomS's sand dunes run didn't fill up quite like I thought it would (I've PMed him) I suspect my wife and I will be joining you on this sculptures tour instead. Depending on when we finish this I'm also tempted to make a quick run up lower Coyote Canyon afterwards.

Edit: Yep, we're in for this one!

Re: Anza Borrego Sculptures Tour - Saturday October 11, 2014

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:59 pm
by dlichterman
Count me in as well.

Re: Anza Borrego Sculptures Tour - Saturday October 11, 2014

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:30 am
by DaveK
We had a great weekend. For those who would like to post comments, suggestions, run and event reports and pictures, we've opened up a new location where everyone can offer their input: viewtopic.php?f=193&t=3791&start=0 . Thanks to everybody for making this a terrific event!!!