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Art abounds in Turlock

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Art abounds  in Turlock



POSTED July 14, 2012 1:29 a.m.

Califia, the 14-foot fountain statue, welcomes visitors to downtown Turlock. Adorned in festive colors, the representation of the mythical Amazon queen is supposed to symbolize this area’s connection to the soil and its agricultural vitality. The statue — a bronze and ceramic sculpture/fountain — was created by Davis artist Donna Billick and took a year to complete. Califia had her unveiling in June 2005, and stands on the corner of Main and Market streets.

Greeting shoppers to the Monte Vista Crossings shopping center is the Armillary Sphere created by Marc Tyree. The steel and bronze sculpture was installed in 2001 and was meant to catch the eye of people driving into town. The sphere is located on the corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Countryside Drive.

Turlock ended its year-long centennial celebration in 2008 by unveiling a life-sized bronze statue of city founder John Mitchell at Central Park, located on the corner of Main Street and Golden State Boulevard.

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