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The Cardiff Kook

Matthew Antichevich2007

Public Art in Public Places

Public Art in Public Places
California, United States

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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  • Title: The Cardiff Kook
  • Creator: Matthew Antichevich
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Physical Location: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, California, United States of America
  • Physical Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 5 ft
  • Subject Keywords: Public art, Public space, Surfing Culture, Surfing, Magic Carpet Ride, The Cardiff Kook, Matthew Antichevich, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, Southern California, California, United States of America
  • Type: Sculpture, Bronze Sculpture, Poetry, Public art
  • External Link: "The Cardiff Kook"
  • Medium: bronze, cast bronze, granite, poetry

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