Sprinkled throughout the small desert town of Borrego Springs are 129 meticulously crafted metal sculptures. Enjoy the hunt!
Teets or Vage? Baby don’t care.
Dennis Avery, land owner of Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs envisioned the idea of adding free-standing art to his property with original steel welded sculptures created by artist/welder Ricardo Breceda, who is based in Perris, California.
The life-size or larger sculptures are of creatures that once roamed the Borrego Valley when it was a lush forest. Mammoths, camels, turtles, wild horses and giant sloths are some of the pieces that have been attracting the curious to town.
Dennis Avery, of the Avery Label fortune, owns about three square miles of undeveloped property throughout Borrego Springs. He commissioned Breceda in 2008 to create a collection of metal prehistoric creatures.
Very Clash of the Titans.
Sí, se puede!
No Grapes or not.
In just a few years, the collection grew to include sculptures of animals that were once found in the area, like sabertooth cats, giant tortoises, prehistoric camels, Columbian mammoths, Merriam’s tapirs, extinct horses, ground sloths, and massive birds. Avery’s quirky collection, many of which are visible from Borrego Springs Road, grew even more unique with the addition of – somewhat incongruously – human figures like a gold miner, Spanish padre, Native American, farm workers along with popular dinosaurs such as a spinosaurus, velociraptor, allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex.
I’m the king of the desert.
It would be cool to have a whole bunch of these on your property.
The latest of Breceda’s creations is probably the most spectacular – a 350-foot sea serpent that seemingly burrows and emerges from the desert sand. With the head of a dragon and a rattlesnake’s tail, the serpent, which cost around $40,000, took four months to craft, and it took another three months to erect it in Borrego Springs.
It’s a BIG dragon snake.
These are just cute…
…I mean come on.
Quadruple camel toe is four times the trouble. As large as these sculptures are, they can be tricky to find. The Galleta Meadows Estate website has a helpful online map.