Statue of John Steinbeck coming to Cannery Row
The Cannery Row Co., which has already won preliminary approval for the sculpture in Steinbeck Plaza, returns to the city Architectural Review Committee on Wednesday for a final review.
The proposed statue would be about 14 feet high, with near life-sized figures seated at various levels around the simulated granite rock. The rock would be fashioned out of molded gunite.
What would Colossus Of Gold Have to say, would he raise his arm (if it were attached) and beg to be part of the sculpture?
Colossus Of . . . Bronze?
Wot, you mean the Nobel prize winning author’s grandmother’s house? OK.
There is, she said, a legitimate connection between Steinbeck and the house, and he likely visited his grandmother there in the summertime as a child, and noted that Elizabeth Hamilton appears as a character in Steinbeck’s novel “East of Eden.”
It’s even possible Steinbeck did some writing there, Trosow said, but that hasn’t been documented.
Steinbeck lived in a Pacific Grove house nearby at 147 11th St. that was built by his father, she said, moving there with his first wife, Carol Brown.
Colossus Of Gold House Repairs Start
The new owners of the Steinbeck home presented Snick with the inspiration of the comic. The pedestal where the statue stood for many years is now bare.
“I used to make fun of it because it’s the ugliest piece of crap I’ve ever seen,” Farkas says. “Now it’s something of an icon, and I want to save it.”
In 1994 Farkas, a pop artist who works at a P.G. vacuum store, debuted a comic strip in which the statue is hit by lightning and grows to “hideous proportions” to become the “Colossus of Gold,” who rambles through the coastal town of “Specific Groove” lampooning its public figures. Farkas posts the cartoon at Gene’s Barbershop and www.93950.com/cog, and occasionally performs it at P.G. City Council meetings.
Colossus Of Gold Statue & Artist Together At Last
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