Author and former President of Anza-Borrego Foundation's Board of Trustees, Diana Lindsay, has been named the Outdoor Writer of the Year by the Outdoor Writers Association of California for her book “Ricardo Breceda: The Accidental Artist.”
The 256-page coffee-table book, filled with photographs and published by Sunbelt Publications of El Cajon, tells the story of how Breceda came to create more than 130 metal sculptures on display in open fields all over Borrego Springs.
Now a Temecula resident, Breceda was commissioned in 2008 by the late-Dennis Avery, a wealthy philanthropist who owned about 3 square miles of undeveloped property throughout the desert town. Avery asked Breceda to build metal sculptures depicting the types of animals that once roamed the valley floor when the area was a lush jungle.
Avery’s vision expanded over the next several years to include historical and fantastic mythical creatures, including a 350-foot dragon/snake, which was one of the last sculptures erected before Avery’s unexpected death last year.
The sculptures have become a popular tourist attraction.
Ricardo Breceda: The Accidental Artist available at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center and State Park Store.