The New Stuff

Pterodactyl Artwork Attacks California Surfer Statue


CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA, California ~ (Los Angeles Times /AP ) ~ Clandestine protesters opposed to the city's surfer statue landmark are at it again, redressing the statue with a pterodactyl attack motif.

Officially named the 'Magic Carpet Ride' the statue, featuring a young boy on a surfboard, would seem right at home in the northern San Diego, well known for its surfing breaks. But surfers and artists think its dainty look is insulting to the sport, and some have renamed the statue the "Cardiff Kook" and have come up with an interesting way to protest the monument. Under the cover of darkness the statue has been dressed as Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, a British royal bride, a witch during Halloween and Vincent Van Gogh on his birthday, among others. Costuming has included a bridal gown, baggy shorts, a red bra and a military uniform. One of the most outlandish redesigns was about a year ago when a cardboard and canvas shark was built around the statue, seemingly appearing to devour the surfer.

But the Saturday morning of August 13th left joggers, surfers and power walkers marveling at the most elaborate statue redesign to date: a huge pterodactyl poised to swoop down on the surfer, complete with a volcano-painted backdrop, small palm trees and two velociraptors. Crowds gathered within hours in amazement and bemusement, with some posing for photos. However, the joke has worn thin the Encinitas City Hall, which had recently spent $2,000 to repair damage done to the statue. They've even sent a stern letter to one of the suspected artists thought responsible for one of the pranks. And as always, no one has come forward to claim credit for the latest work.

Photo credit: Justin Cote

Recently Published

AP_301667896299
»

The Queen loves fact-checking 'Downton Abbey'

Queen Elizabeth II, pictured June 15, 2015, knows of what she speaks ...

moneygrowth
»

We’re At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution

Backers of startups worldwide are looking for the next ...

Anna Washenko-1867
»

6 breakout mobile games of the summer

By Anna Washenko2015-09-05 11:00:36 -0400 Most of you probably ...

nepal_quake01
»

Earthquake-destroyed villages in Nepal struggle to rebuild

By Claire Eggers2015-09-05 15:00:26 UTC A few days after the April ...

Headshot_2015_ChloeBryan_1
»

11 awesome DVD box sets for when you're sick of streaming

By Chloe Bryan2015-09-05 14:00:49 UTC Netflix is great, but for ...

AP_145855064243
»

Apple will show a lot more than iPhones at its September event

he logo of Apple Inc. is on display on the glass facade of an Apple ...

original
»

9 Reasons To Take A Vacation ASAP, According To Science

It's a fact now that most American workers aren't taking any ...

dogs
»

6 ways pets change your life for the better

Image: Dale Spartas/Corbis Dana Poblete for Thrive Market 2015-09-05 ...

Retronaut.Logo
»

Cruises have been corny since at least 1910

c. 1910 That corny cruise High times on the high seas by Chris ...