Magic Carpet Ride

Matthew Antichevich2007

Public Art in Public Places

Public Art in Public Places
California, United States

(dressed as a Turkey Trot runner)

Officially titled "Magic Carpet Ride", yet known popularly as "The Cardiff Kook" ("kook": slang for a novice surfer), this 6-foot cast bronze sculpture of a young surfer sits on a 10-foot granite base with poetry inscriptions by Robert Nanninga.

The artist's original design included a wave component to illustrate a particular surfing maneuver or stance, but this component was omitted due to budget constraints. The sculpture's final form received negative criticism from the surfing community and prompted an on-going series of pranks and spoofs that dress the figure in humorous banners, costumes, and elaborate backdrops, often associated with current events.


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