In the desert, near a small town, nestled up next to vast tracts of a state park, there are creatures. Giant metal creatures spattered across the desert land. Some are extinct. Some are fantastical. Some are exotic. All are awe inspiring.
These sculptures are the product of Ricardo Breceda. He started sculpting with a large metal dinosaur, inspired by his daughter’s dinosaur obsession after watching Jurassic Park III. He has since made an amazing collection of metal creatures ranging from everyday animals to fantastical beasts. The largest collection of his creations is on Galleta Meadows Estate in Borrego Springs, a southern California desert town next to Anza Borrego State Park.
I had a grand time driving around Anza Borrego, pulling off the road to the left and right to chase down glimpses of these impressive sculptures.
Breceda’s ability to communicate life and movement in his sculptures on such a large scale is truly impressive. He successfully portrays animals fighting, stalking, and fleeing. But I found myself caught by all the little details. The camel’s eyelashes. The serpent’s scales. The elephant’s hairy tail.
While there are a great number of impressive mythological beasts, I think my favorite sculptures were the more realistic and mundane. The tortoises and the tapirs.
I’ve always loved tapirs :)
I’d love to go back and do a photo-shoot for a clothing line or film a music video or something like that amongst these sculptures. They really are inspirational and between them and the amazing desert mountains all around, they make for a pretty stunning backdrop.
I didn’t have anything to show off amidst the sculptures this time. But I did enjoy wearing my thematic Southwest Skirt, my very favorite salt water sandals, and my new green nail polish that just happens to perfectly match both the cactus and the green ink in my tattoos :)