Update: Surf’s Up in Encinitas – Madonna Sighted

Encinitas’ Surfing Madonna

No, not THAT Madonna!  This is the Virgen de Guadelupe y Encinitas.  We Californians lead a laid back life compared to North Africa and other locations in the world where people are surfing on blood.  Here in LaLa Land we fight for clean air, water, surfing, and legal pot. 

Update: Artist revealed.  Encinitas city fathers seeking accord on gifted art.

Link to Surfing Madonna article and interview of artist Mark Patterson

It seems that someone has gone to the trouble of creating a real mosaic and affixed it to a railroad trestle in Encinitas.  “Surfing Madonna” – so the board could be foreshortened for perspective, she needs a wet suit, and the choice of a vibrating railroad bridge wasn’t a perfect choice, but it is FOLK ART of a higher sort. 

It looks like this potential artwork may be in danger of destruction.  Encinitas is not a town full of rubes.  It is a hip community on the pacific coast South of Carlsbad and North of “Cardiff-by-the-Sea.” So, take a moment to write the Encinitas City Council urging them to protect local folk art.  

We Californians lead a laid back life compared to North Africa and other locations in the world.  Here in LaLa Land we fight for clean air, water, and surfing.  It seems that someone has gone to the trouble of creating a mosaic “Surfing Madonna” and affixed it to a railroad trestle in Encinitas.  So the board should be foreshortened for perspective, she needs a wet suit, and the choice of a vibrating railroad bridge wasn’t a perfect choice, but it is FOLK ART of a higher sort. 

It looks like this potential artwork may be in danger of destruction.  Encinitas is not a town full of rubes.  It is a hip community on the pacific coast South of Carlsbad and North of “Cardiff-by-the-Sea.” So, take a moment to write the Encinitas City Council urging them to protect local folk art.  News update: The reclusive artist, Zelfad, has denied involvement in this project.  Zelfad, a near mythical personage in the vein of B Traven and Ambrose Bierce surfaces occasionally to provoke current culture – carlos

Link to Surfing Madonna article and interview of artist Mark Patterson

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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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