The desert sculptures of Ricardo Breceda

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Southern California artist Ricardo Breceda created and installed over 130 huge fanciful sculptures across the Borrego Springs, California desert landscape, each made of rugged iron and steel.

With a temperature of over 105 degrees outside, we only had the stamina to get out of the car and photograph a few of Breceda’s works. One of my favorites was this 350-foot long serpent, which undulates up then under the nearby road.

Dennis Avery (heir to the Avery label fortune) commissioned Breceda to create each of the sculptures. Avery eventually donated most of the land to California, becoming part of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and set-up a trust fund to maintain the works after his death in 2012.

Breceda is still alive and continues to make sculptures from his studio near Temecula.