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Surfer turned into tranny: Much-maligned statue dressed by pranksters
The San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 8/7/07 | Michael Stetz

Posted on 08/07/2007 2:36:25 PM PDT by cold666pack

ENCINITAS – The statue of a male surfer recently unveiled in Cardiff is having one rugged ride.

First came harsh comments.

Then, over the weekend, came the fashion makeover.

“I think it was tacky,” Jim Clark, president of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, said of the vandalism.

Someone dressed the surfer in a pleated pink skirt, bikini top and lucha libre mask. Passers-by noticed the getup Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, the statue was back to normal.

The $120,000 statue, “Magic Carpet Ride,” was created to celebrate Cardiff's surfing legacy. Commissioned by the Cardiff Botanical Society, the statue stands along Coast Highway 101, near Chesterfield Drive.

It has been under siege since it was unveiled July 22, with critics saying the bronze likeness of a young man surfing is too effeminate and that his body position looks comical.

Somebody tried to drive that point home over the weekend. And the job couldn't have been easy, Clark said. The statue stands 16 feet tall.

Advertisement “Whoever did it had to have a ladder,” Clark said. “I'm sure somebody saw them and let them do it.”

When a photograph of the dressed-up surfer was posted on Web sites, some wondered if the vandalism could escalate. One person wrote on the Surfer Magazine Web site:

“It would be a shame for someone camping at San Elijo to go sleepwalking in the vicinity with an acetylene torch.”

Another person added: “I hear great beauty can be achieved with modern explosives.”

The artist, Matthew Antichevich, 55, of Hemet, said he is at a loss to explain the criticism.

“I'm not happy about it,” said Antichevich, a surfer himself. “I didn't expect it.”

But his confidence is not shaken.

“They don't know what they're talking about,” he said of his critics.

Surfers weren't exactly shocked that the statue got the makeover, given the angst in their ranks over its posture and physique.

“No, I'm not surprised,” said Chris Ahrens, who has written several books on surfing and lives a couple of blocks from the statue.

Ahrens doesn't have a problem with the artistry, but does take issue with the concept itself.

“It's like having a picture of the ocean at the ocean,” he said.

This isn't the first time a statue of a surfer didn't wow the surfing community.

In 1963, two local artists created an image of a surfer for Scavenger magazine, according to the book “Surfing in San Diego.” This one had a big nose and beer belly. They built a statue of its likeness and placed it at Windansea.

Two weeks later, it was “attacked, mutilated and decapitated,” according to the book.

The culprit? Legend had it that it was a Windansea surfer.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: California
KEYWORDS: ca; prank; publicworks; statue; surfing
A picture is worth a thousand words....I love the non-destructive way some opposed to this statue decided to show their dissatisfaction. If only others could take a lesson from this creative protest. :-)
1 posted on 08/07/2007 2:36:27 PM PDT by cold666pack
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To: cold666pack

reminds me of Gallagher’s description of California as being the ‘Granola state’:

“What ain’t fruits and nuts is flakes.”


2 posted on 08/07/2007 2:39:41 PM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: cold666pack
Well let’s see. San Diego has an official month celebrating homosexuality and currently has a lawsuit against it by firefighters forced to attend a gay “pride” parade.

Is this a shock?

3 posted on 08/07/2007 2:40:00 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: cold666pack
Hang Twelve.
4 posted on 08/07/2007 2:41:47 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Vaquero

There are a lot of all 3, but don’t lose sight of the 44% of us here who also live here (based on statewide GOP vote in 2004).


5 posted on 08/07/2007 2:41:52 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: cold666pack

ROFL!


6 posted on 08/07/2007 2:42:14 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: cold666pack
The $120,000 statue

Taxpayers rejoice, your prayers have been answered!

7 posted on 08/07/2007 2:42:30 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: cold666pack

LOL, the lucha libre mask really completes the look.


8 posted on 08/07/2007 2:46:14 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: cold666pack

They should have put some boxing gloves on it too- it’d look like StrongBad in a dress.


9 posted on 08/07/2007 2:47:20 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: ConservaTexan

the 120K came from the botanical society, but they are a non-profit, so maybe that does come down to common denominator, taxpayer.


10 posted on 08/07/2007 2:47:26 PM PDT by cold666pack ("I run this town. You're all just a bunch of low-income nobodies!" Mayor Quimby)
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To: cold666pack
Ghey statues deserve to be mocked.


11 posted on 08/07/2007 2:48:48 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: cold666pack

Is that pronounced, Win-dance-ee-a?


12 posted on 08/07/2007 2:50:55 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: ConservaTexan

Amazing isn’t it? Some sculptor is fat and happy.


13 posted on 08/07/2007 2:52:54 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Vaquero

Is that Rudy?


14 posted on 08/07/2007 3:13:03 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: cold666pack

how dare they mock and defile our rich cultural heritage!


15 posted on 08/07/2007 3:18:34 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: cold666pack
Lots of pink. Is Callisto on the loose again?

At least they didn't break it, fwiw.

16 posted on 08/07/2007 3:19:17 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: ConservaTexan; Vision
I wish that just once a town would hold a contest to see which artist would be chosen for the honor of having his work displayed for the public.No pay,just the bragging rights and whatever else may come of having been selected.We put up with the same waste of money in Oakland(where there is no money for childrens' schools) and the art generally sucks!
17 posted on 08/07/2007 3:20:05 PM PDT by hschliemann
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To: cold666pack
I think they should bite the bullet, and donate it to the San Francisco surfing community.

Or maybe Seattle. "It" would look lovely next to Lenin.

Better yet, P-town, MA.

Lightbulb! I know just the place:

Outside of Burlington, VT along I-89N

18 posted on 08/07/2007 3:23:03 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: dead

what an incredible likeness, maybe the sculptors muse?


19 posted on 08/07/2007 3:24:35 PM PDT by cold666pack ("I run this town. You're all just a bunch of low-income nobodies!" Mayor Quimby)
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To: cold666pack

Oh no, Abu Ghraib style torture.


20 posted on 08/07/2007 3:24:51 PM PDT by sappy
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To: pogo101
There are a lot of all 3, but don’t lose sight of the 44% of us here who also live here (based on statewide GOP vote in 2004). I hear ya!!! same as here in Nuevo Jork.
21 posted on 08/07/2007 7:38:22 PM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: cold666pack
The artist, Matthew Antichevich, 55, of Hemet, said he is at a loss to explain the criticism.

“I'm not happy about it,” said Antichevich, a surfer himself. “I didn't expect it.”

I call BS. The artist is clearly not a surfer, or he would know what a surfer actually looks like while riding a wave.

22 posted on 08/08/2007 12:48:20 PM PDT by zoso82t
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To: zoso82t

Maybe he’s a better surfer than artist!


23 posted on 08/09/2007 7:33:29 PM PDT by AmericanDave (Over it's not, till over it IS, Jedi....... Yoda Berra)
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