The Free Standing Metal Sculptures of Borrego Springs

Beginning about the time I got a driver’s license, I loved to just get in the car and go. Sometimes, I had a destination in mind. Other times, I just had time, gas, and a camera. Somehow, life gets in the way of living and I hadn’t taken even a one-day road trip, in a long time. Last Sunday, I fixed that. When I got out of bed, I didn’t have a specific plan but about 10AM I had my Olympus OMD-EM5, two fresh batteries, an a 12-40mm f2.8 Pro lens and a full tank of gas. Twelve hours later, I turned back into my driveway.

I hadn’t been to Anza-Borrego State Park, in the Southern California desert for a few years. Since I was last there, an artist, Ricardo Breceda, had created free standing metal sculptures of many of the prehistoric creature that used to live in the Anza-Borrego area. He also included some creatures from his imagination. In all, 130 sculptures live on the Galleta Meadows Estates, the property of the late Dennis Avery, who first had the idea of installing free standing art on his property.

I don’t have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, so I knew that I wouldn’t be exploring the sand tracks that lead deep into Anzo-Borrego. Fortunately, the Breceda sculptures are visible, either from the paved roads, around the small town of Borrego Springs, or from easily passable, by a small sedan, sand paths through the desert.

Some people do travel the area by jeep.

Jeep sculpture in Anza-Borrrego


I’ll share a few of the creatures with you.

Elephant sculpture in Anza-Borrego


Elephant sculptures in Anza-Borrego


Camel sculpture in Anza-Borrego




Harvesting Grapes - Farm Workers Sculptures in Anza-Borrego

Harvesting Grapes

Sloth Sculptures in Anza-Borrego




Serpent Sculpture in Anza-Borrego


It’s hard to tell whether Carmen was hesitant to stand by me, or by the elephant!



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