05 July 2010

More info about this "Who Knew?" sculpture ~

Original post from June 6, 2010: For years I have passed this sculpture in front of Tom's Furniture on Grant Road. It is close to the street but not so easy to see because of the foliage. I had always assumed it was some kind of kooky crustacean/shrimp/lobster sculpture... or maybe a big bug. When I got close to it I was amazed to see that it is a humanoid figure with a really elaborate headdress and jewelry. And what I always thought was some kind of carapace is really a glass/mosaic robe. Wow!

UPDATE: On June 21 the Star ran its own photo of this sculpture and now I can share that the artist was probably Jesus C Corral. The sculpture was a chimney for the Tia Elena restaurant (now long gone). Here's the full story: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_b47c4aac-9f17-5e68-87a6-606aee27a86d.html

4 comments:

  1. Kind of a weird thing to be in front of a furniture store. Looks like a depiction of an alien!

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  2. A long time ago this place was a restaurant. Maybe the people who own Tom's will know the name of the restaurant or who did this sculpture.

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  3. I can understand why — you can only see the face when you're looking at it from the side. I thought it was some kind of alien, looking at your first photo. The sculpture's strange but also very cool. I like it.

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  4. Actually, I remember eating at Tia Elena's in the late 70's and there were all kinds of interesting artworks both inside and outside of the restaurant. The food was good too!

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