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Wild Rep-Tiles at Rocky Nook Park
updated: Jan 16, 2004, 12:00 AM

Mosaic Reptiles at Rocky Nook

January 16, 2004- Wild Rep-Tiles at Rocky Nook Park

On the banks (not the kind with pens, the other kind) of Mission Creek, near the entrance to Rocky Nook Park lurk two reptiles.  One is red, and the other is blue. They are covered from head to tail in mosaic tiles.  It is a spectacular sight. You can see them from the newly remodeled footbridge on Mission Canyon Road. A better view can be obtained if you go into the park.

The reptiles may look like alligators, crocodiles, or maybe John Ashcrofts, but in fact they are lizards, like the ones that kids catch in the park … only these tiled ones are significantly bigger.  They have been lurking by the creek since 1995 when the owner of the land commissioned local artist Dan Chrynko to create something for the setting. The artist chose to make a piece of art that was natural and timeless, and he wanted it to blend in.

According to the artist, the lizards protect the property from evil spirits, as the gargoyles do at Notre Dame.

And the lizards have names! The red one is Ethel (like in the song The Streak). The blue one is Harry (like in the restaurant). They are named after the artist’s parents.

No doubt you have seen some of Dan’s other mosaic tile items around town.  Mostly he has done boulders. His ultimate goal is establish Santa Barbara as a Mecca for mosaic tile art. His current projects are totem poles and a piece for the city of Yalta, Santa Barbara’s sister city.  Maybe they will be named Boris and Natasha. :-)

Dan sent the dedicated staff of edhat.com this picture of another one of his reptile creations which can be seen in front of a house on Hillcrest Road.  He suggested that maybe edhat subscribers would like to come up with a name for this one. It is doubtful that anyone could come up with a better name then the one we suggested - ‘Ed’, but if any subscribers can think of a good name for a mosaic lizard, email it us and we will pass it on.

Today’s contest winner is EdsUp who was the first to correctly identify the location of the artwork.  EdsUp wins free movie tickets!

Speaking of movies! ...  edhat.com is happy to announce that we will be hosting the daily movie map for the Santa Barbara Film Festival next month. We will also be reporting on film festival stuff for the entire week of February 2nd. Stay tuned for more details!

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