Lecturer: Diana Lindsay
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Over 120 metallic sculptures known collectively as “Sky Art” are scattered about Borrego Valley against the backdrop of the magnificent Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Created by artist Ricardo Breceda, Sky Art is the perfect blend of stunning craftsmanship and placement in the open desert landscape. Inspired by science, history, nature, whim and fantasy, the many sculptures offer something for everyone.
Startling and stunning as these fantastic sculptures are, they beg a story of how they came to be. That story will be presented by Diana Lindsay, author of Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist, at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Lindsay will share the podium with Breceda, who will be available to answer questions and sign copies of the new book that will be available that evening.
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Biographer and historian Diana Lindsay has been writing about the Anza-Borrego region of Southern California since the 1960s. Her master’s thesis in history and geography from San Diego State University was published as Our Historic Desert: The Story of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park by Copley Books and the Union-Tribune Publishing Company in 1973. It was followed in 1978 by The Anza-Borrego Desert Region—an area guidebook co-authored with Lowell Lindsay and published by Wilderness Press that is now in its fifth edition. Several other publications followed over the years including Anza-Borrego A to Z: People, Places, and Things.
An award-winning photographer, her images have appeared in print in several monthly publications and books. Her investigative reporting skills were developed while working at the Texas tri-state newspaper, the Amarillo Globe-News, where she also wrote a popular hot-line column for many years.
Her latest publication is Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist, a lavishly illustrated book about the metal sculptor who has created over 120 life-size sculptures in Borrego Valley surrounded by the magnificent Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. In this book, Lindsay recounts how Breceda has become a renowned artist in ten short years with no previous art training or even interest in art. The book features over 250 full-color photographs that depict the sculptures under many lighting conditions that bring these figures to life.
Breceda has taken a primitive welding art form of Mexico to new provocative heights by creating startling sculptures of astonishing artistry and craftsmanship. Until a few years ago this gifted artist, dubbed “the Picasso of Steel,” was an injured construction worker and a boot salesman. An accident unleashed his hidden talent while his entrepreneurial skills prepared him to take advantage of opportunities that came his way. This book is the fascinating journey of how this artist came to be. Inspired by science, history, nature, whim and fantasy, the amazing figures have become a tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the world.