The Pink Elephant of Rancho Mirage, California.

The Rancho Super Car Wash, better known as the “Elephant Car Wash” opened in 1966 along Highway 111 in the tony town of Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs.

The monument was designed by legendary neon artist Beatrice Haverfield of Seattle for a chain of car washes in Washington State. While there are still about 14 Elephant Car Washes in Washington State, only a few examples of Bea’s original sign remain.

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Herb Alpert, Kwakiutl, & Sunnylands


We made a stop at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California this morning to see an exhibition of Herb Alpert’s amazing art – from painting to sculpture – as part of  “Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration”.

The exhibition blends the art by three generations of the Hunt family, members of the Kwakiutl tribe of British Columbia, Canada — brightly-colored totem poles, ceremonial masks, and wall plaques — with Alpert’s contemporary paintings and vertical, abstract bronze sculptures.

For all you kids out there…. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was a popular band in the 1960s that your parents (and grandparents) liked to listen to. Cameras weren’t allowed into the exhibition, so I snapped this vintage-style photo of the exterior of Sunnylands to help remember the experience.

The 200-acre property was owned by Walter and Leonore Annenberg as their private winter retreat beginning in 1966. Today, the estate is managed by the Annenberg Foundation.  It’s a cool place to visit when you’re in the neighborhood.

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L’Éternel Printemps. Auguste Rodin


L’Éternel Printemps. c. 1884 Auguste Rodin. Close-up of Eternal Spring, a white marble depiction currently on exhibit at Sunnylands Center, Rancho Mirage, California.

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