More art in the desert

Bridget, Spike and I go on another safari!

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Sculptures by Ricardo Brecedo, displayed at Galleta Meadows Estates, Borrego Springs, California, made possible by the philanthropy of the late Dennis Avery

Brecedo’s Portfolio


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67 Responses to More art in the desert

  1. gingerda says:

    These sculptures are amazing!!

  2. rod says:

    It struck me when I was there and shows in your photos the amount of detail in these metal sculptures.. It wouldn’t seem necessary to convey the impression from a distance, but perhaps that wasn’t the point……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s an arresting sight to be driving around and come upon some of these sculptures. This is art that’s fun! You can walk under the trunk of an elephant, see reflections in the eye of a chief, pat the back ends of wild piglets, imagine living with prehistoric creatures… and walk your dogs at the same time! LOL

  3. Susan in Dallas says:

    Wow, “safari” was the right word. Loved the jeep going over a rock and the missionary.

  4. Chris B says:

    Wow! It seems that lots of new ones have been added since last year. We’ve been camping there since 2003 when we first purchased our Casita and a few dinosaurs started popping up first. Then came horses, camels, insects and the latest seem to be people. Thanks for sharing the photos, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Chris. These sculptures may have been here when you were here. You have to “go on safari” and really hunt for them, which is part of the fun. I’d think we were done and then I’d find more!

      There’s a section I haven’t seen yet, the ones south of Borrego Springs on S3. That’s where the horses are.

  5. FLKamper says:

    These are awesome! I used to live in San Diego and made it out to Anza Borrego a couple times, but I never saw these or ever heard anything about them. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Glenda Cornwill says:

    Totally amazing Sue and your photos do great justice to these wonderful pieces of art. I hope you go to see the horses as well and post photos. Again thanks for sharing with us!!

  7. Laurie says:

    WoW! This place has been put on my must see list. Who needs to buy a book of what to see and do when we have you Sue. Thanks! Now for an off topic question for you and fellow readers. Do you have to use Rv toilet paper? If you do not, then what is the best brand to use to keep clogging at bay?

    • Billy Bob says:

      Most any brand toilet paper will break up in the holding tank. To not put it in the tank is the best solution. A lidded trash container with a Walmart bag works wonders. You DON”T want a clogged up black water tank.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks for handling that question, BB. It’s recommended to use one-ply paper, if it goes in the tank, that is. Never done a ply study, so what do I know . . .

      • cinandjules (NY) says:

        Yes and no……..RV specific tp is quite expensive….and it does disintegrate IMMEDIATELY when it comes in contact with water. BTDT! (Waukee, Iowa).

        Some claim to be septic safe (ability to breakdown)…which Northern claims right on the package..TRUST me it isn’t.

        Scott 1000 is the best we found and it’s two ply. The key is to use alot of water so it doesn’t stick to the side of your tank…or you’ll have to use the hose and scrubber. Walmart carries it…$9 for a pack of 16. Thetford RV paper is almost $4-5 for four.

        You can try this test with whatever brand you choose. Put one sheet in a tupperware or jar with a lid….fill with a 1 cup of water…..shake it for 5 seconds….if it ends up in pieces…you are good to go!

  8. Karen says:

    We loved the slideshow. Thanks for taking the time to show the intricate detail of the sculptures. They are truly amazing.

  9. Zophie says:

    I loved the guys in the Jeep!!! The driver looked like Weird-Al Yancowich 😀 This place is amazing, and the sculptures must have taken forever to make.

  10. Alison says:

    Wow, there is such joy in these sculptures! And you’ve really captured it with your beautiful photography. Looks like you had a great day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sometimes art can come across as very serious… I love the whimsy of these sculptures out in the desert. I imagine it would be great fun to take children to see them.

  11. Marilu Paulson says:

    The sculptures are a treasure hidden out in the desert. Thank you so much for showing them to me. I’ve been reading your blog for months and love it. We have been to many of the same places and I’ve put others on my “to go” list because of your great photos and descriptions.
    Marilu, Willits Ca. ( another enthusiastic boondocker.)

  12. Marcia GB says:

    How amazing! Thanks for your pics. I can’t wait to see these myself.

  13. Tamara says:

    OK, that’s it – Anza Borrego is now on my list of places to visit in our trailer next spring. Thank you for the nudge!

  14. sierrasue123 says:

    How fun. So, are they scattered over a large area? It looks like it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, several “city blocks” except they’re country fields. You drive away thinking you’ve seen them all and then more show up in another location. It’s fun! Some sculptures can be see in town, like at an outdoor cafe.

      The ones I’ve shown are north of Borrego Springs. There are more on the road going south of town.

  15. suburbanlife says:

    Sue – great pictures. What struck me is how evocative of living creatures past and present in that area the theme of this large installation is. The prehistoric and contemporary animal life, with man and wife in the jeep the most current ubiquitous inhabitant. I like how you did close-ups to show the materials and method used to make these sculptures (welded metal) which gives the whole suite a unity in the desert setting. Thanks for providing the artist’s website. This is most engaging public art, and these should last in the environment they are placed in, so people can enjoy them for many years to come. G

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. I love that people can experience this art, no matter their financial status which often is not the case with art. The sculptor’s website shows how prolific he is. I’m looking forward to finding the rest of his desert collection.

  16. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    The price of scrape metal is rising faster than the fed can print more worthless money…I hope these sculptures are protected some how from scrape metal collectors.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No protection at all, Joe. I suspect the horse was knocked over by vandals, the same with the prehistoric creature whose head lies on the ground. It might have been an effort to break the sculptures down into lighter, smaller pieces in order to steal, or simply brainless activity.

  17. Patty from CA says:

    Hi Sue. I’m a fan of your blog and I’m actually in Anza Borrego right now, parked at Pegleg dispersed campground on Henderson. I plan on trying to find some of these statues tomorrow. Would be fun to meet you, but I know how you like your privacy. If you see someone in a class C hook and wave to you, if I should see you on the road…it’s me. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Patty!

      Do see the metal sculptures! I suggest searching for them entirely without aid like I did (the thrill of the hunt!). Or you can get a map at the galleta meadows website. Be sure to go down the road into Indian Ranch (opposite the chief) if the gate is open. That’s where the piglets are, plus others.

      I appreciate your desire to respect my privacy. I’m going to go over that way one of these days to donate and borrow some books at the book exchange. If I see you out and about, I’ll give you a wave (and you can ignore ME if you’d like! 🙂 or we can have a chat.

      • Patty from CA says:

        I can’t see sculptures from S-22 and Henderson, should I be able too? I think they are a lot farther down Henderson. Someone here said they thought RVs could stay up to three days near the statues by the Indian Ranch. Might check that out.

        It was super windy last night, had to go out at 2 am to collect my chair and mat that were blowing away. Didn’t get much sleep, so getting a late start today before exploring.

        Is the book exchange that mail box I see in front of the pile of rocks people are suppose to throw a rock on if they hunt or find gold? If so, I’ll put a book in there for you called “Solo” and “Gutsy Women” if I finish it today.

        I don’t have a tow car, so once I leave here to explore, I’m not sure if I’ll be back. Depends on if I find a better place to boondock.

        I’ll still wave if I see you. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, that’s the book exchange I was talking about.

          Would you like me to pick you up tomorrow morning and give you a tour of the sculptures? 9 o’clock?

          • Patty from CA says:

            What a generous offer, especially since you’ve already seen them…and your such a private person. I’ve already got the RV ready to go exploring today, see the town, and maybe find another spot to park. I’ll be back here if I don’t find a better place to boondock.

            I’ll be taking Borrego Springs Rd, the one with the horses, on my way to 78 when I head for home in the next day or so. Have you already been out there yet? We could meet there or here tomorrow at 9:00 am and I’ll give you the books instead of putting them in the mailbox. I have another one, too nice for the mailbox you can have too, about a woman RVer. OR we can meet in town someplace, give you the books and have a short chat. My 8 lb dog would enjoy meeting Spike and Bridget too. 🙂

            No pressure. 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              The crew and I will stop by to meet you and your dog on our way to hunt for the horses. See you at 9 in the morning (Fri), Patty! If you find a boondock somewhere else and aren’t at Peg Leg, no problem!

              • (It's just me) Jim says:

                How Cool! You Gals have fun!! I envy you both to be able to do what you’re doing. Keep on truckin….

              • Patty from CA says:

                I’m back at Peg Leg after a day of photographing many of the statues and visiting downtown. See you here in the morning.

  18. geogypsy2u says:

    I am blown away by the detail and posturing.

  19. Penny says:

    Are we having fun now?? Yes we are 🙂 Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing the slideshow, your photos are really great. This is diffently a place not to be missed when we begin our travels.

  20. Thank you Sue for these amazing wonderful pictures! I enjoyed them so much. I hope someday I can get to see these myself. The sculptures are outstanding!

  21. Susie says:

    I like it when you’re happy again! The pics are simply amazing. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Susie from Destin

  22. Pauline says:

    This place is amazing!!! It is really interesting how they are displayed….not in a line or a concentrated area. They seem to just pop up every where. I haven’t seen any bill boards or plaques describing the place….they are just there!!! Really a great place. Thanks for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Pauline . . . I think the project started out with a few prehistoric animals that once roamed in this area, so they were put out to ‘roam’ again. Then more were added. The surprise element is part of the art, in a way.

  23. libertatemamo says:

    GREAT set of shots. I so love these sculptures!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Saw you and Paul biking down by the dry lake this morning. I took the air card on our morning walk… 2 bars at a campsite near the end of the low ridge… no bars in most places near the lake.

  24. cinandjules (NY) says:

    A safari complete with the jeep! The details are incredible. Do you have to wander around hunting for them….or are they in a certain area?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You can get a map online, or you can wander around looking for them, which isn’t hard because they are in fields that are laid out in a grid, not far from each other. It would be neat if someone would put the coordinates online for those who like to geocache…. a geoartcache!

  25. Homeofmyown says:

    I never imagined such wonders were waiting to be discovered out on the road. Thanks for sharing.

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