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Happy Birthday Van Gogh ~ Cardiff-by-the-Sea

The artist Snyder dressed up the controversial Cardiff Kook sculpture as Vincent Van Gogh to celebrate VG's birthday. Synder writes TACO to tell us:

A severed ear, Absinthe bottle, sunflowers and card are at the base. The statue is decked out in full costume and an easel was welded to fit on the nose of the board. I painted the painting of the view from the sculpture in a post impressionism style. In addition, 6 paper mache crows are scatted around the sculpture and in the intersection.

Hope you dig and raise a glass tonight to Vincent!

More photos here.

Snyder has been doing interesting stuff in So. Cal for awhile now, we'll have a post of some his LA stuff from last summer up soon.

From Wikipedia about the Cardiff Kook: The Magic Carpet Ride is the official name of a 16-foot (4.9 m) high bronze statue of a surfer in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, that locals have nicknamed the Cardiff Kook, a name by which it has come to be known. The statue was commissioned by the Cardiff Botanical Society, and created by artist Matthew Antichevich, who is an Encinitas surfer and a teacher at Mount San Jacinto College, at a cost of approximately USD 120,000. It is mounted on a granite pedestal and stands by the side of the Pacific Coast Highway, next to the San Elijo State Beach campground. The USD 92,000 construction costs of the statue were raised by the Botanical Society, with the USD 30,000 installation costs met by the city of Encinitas.

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