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Posts From The Road: Sculptures In Borrego Springs

on August 18, 2019 - 6:52am
Perhaps the most popular of the works in the desert at Borrego Springs, Calif., is a 350-foot serpent with the head of a dragon and tail of a rattlesnake. The large piece appears to cross the road as it arches and dips its way across the desert floor. Photo by Gary Warren/

Two horses scuffle as one of the horses stands high on its rear legs. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos

Scattered amongst the desert at Borrego Springs, Calif. are metal sculptures, which were created by California sculpture artist Ricardo Breceda.

The sculptures are located on property called Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs, which is owned by Dennis Avery of the Avery Label Co.

When Avery discovered Breceda’s work a few years ago, it was a perfect answer to Avery’s desire to install artwork on his desert landscape. The first sculpture was installed in 2008 and has grown to more than 130.

The art is open for public viewing and visitors are allowed to walk amongst the various works. The works depict many prehistoric animals, working people, animals we see today, and other whimsical works of art.

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.


A camel seems quite content as the young calf nurses. Photo by Gary Warren/
A prospector pans for gold as his horse waits tied to a stake. Photo by Gary Warren/
A farm worker picks and boxes grapes. The detail in the scene is impressive. Photo by Gary Warren/
A couple of outdoor enthusiasts tackle a rocky road in their Jeep which, was modeled after a 1946 Williy CJ-3A, one of the first Jeep models. Photo by Gary Warren/

Notice Breceda’s attention to details in both the Jeep and the passengers. This detail was evident in all of the pieces displayed. Photo by Gary Warren/

Life-size dinosaurs appear to be attacking our van as my wife drives near the large sculptures. Photo by Gary Warren/