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PPAC #22: Wineries and Sand Castles

Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.

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Last week for PPAC #21, Cee had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Here are the featured bloggers for this week.  Their posts really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

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An Embarrassment of Riches
Robert’s Snap Spot
Travel with me
And Miles to Go Before I Sleep…
Light Words

My Choices for PPAC #22

One of our favorite places to visit is the California Central Coast, and we particularly love Avila Beach. It used to be a sleepy little town until an oil spill forced the entire beach to shut down for cleaning. This process took years, and the town as we knew it disappeared and a new gentrified beach town appeared in its place.

Avila Beach, CA

Avila Beach Artist

It’s still a wonderful place, with a micro-climate that is warmer and more protected than any other on the Central California Coast. We happened to be there one day to watch an artist designing his sculptures.

He uses simple tools, a straw, and buckets of water.

Puppy Girl was more interested in his jacket.
I particularly loved his expression as he examined his pup’s face.

The artist’s other sculpture supervised his efforts on the next creation.

The artist must not have worked well under so much scrutiny and he left on a break. The pup adoringly awaited his master’s return.

Sculpterra Winery

Even though I have written about this winery long before we hosted PPAC, I thought they rated sharing again, only cropped and straightened. It was a little out of the way for us as we traveled home, but well worth the detour.

A holy elephant
on the prowl

They had a taco truck set up outside for humans who got hungry.

Try riding this wild horse! Id’ be nervous, too, with all these hungry cats roaming free.
just ate lunch too tuckered to move
Fresh fish – pre-skinned

Now it’s your turn.

Take us for a spin around your world to see the public art you love.

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  1. wow Marsha, the sculptures are amazing and everyone did such a great job! I love your captions on your work and the prowler was amazing.
    LOVE Avila Beach.. such a gift! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–
    Nice job my friend!๐Ÿ’–

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    • I am going back for a couple of days in January. Winter is the best time to go, I think. The valley is foggy and cold. Prescott is snowy and cold. Time to go to the beach! I’m so excited! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. This brought back happy memories. We stopped at Avila Beach purely by chance on the first night of our first ever US road trip. This was back in 1991 and we really liked it there ๐Ÿ™‚

    Those sculptures at the winery are excellent. Of course the elephant is my favourite and I also like the lioness (?) and cat!

    And thank you for featuring me ๐Ÿ˜Š This week I have some very large snails:

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    • Paso is nice and Sculpterra isn’t too far from there. You take 46, I think till you get there. It’s wonderful, usually sunny and about 5-10 degrees warmer than Pismo and about 30 degrees cooler than Paso.

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  3. Ahhh, thank you, Marsha, now it’s really my blog among the featured ones. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for that! I love your post, all of it, the artist’s gentle expression and the extremely well done beastie sculptures. I might be posting later than usual but I will find something sooner or later.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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