In Borrego Springs, a desert region that lies in the south of California, the temperatures are elevated during the most part of the year. The population goes beyond two thousand of habitants and many of them are seasonal dwellers. What a place like this can have to attract tourists coming from all the localities? Animals -- elephants, camels, turtles, wild horses, snakes, mammoths, saber-toothed tigers and -- believe on it -- dinosaurs. They all have something in common: they are made of forged, hammered and soldered by the Mexican Ricardo Arroyo Breceda.
It all started with Dennis Avery. In the '90s, this American man decided to buy a vast territory in Borrego Springs called Galleta meadows "for an uncontestable price" -- as he says -- as a way to invest his money. At that time, he did not know what to do with that land. However, he put neither barbed wire nor "Private Property" signboards. Some years later he built a winter residence. Posteriorly, he created the Galleta Meadows Estate Foundation and build up some infrastructures, as a golf club, a country club and a tourist resort; besides, he decided to support several local initiatives and works. But he had to attract people.
Some time ago he discovered that this region had an important archeological patrimony, constituted by fossil vestiges from the Pliocene, Pleistocene and Miocene ages. The executed studies originated a book published in 2006. Probably by this time, Avery occasionally crossed with Ricardo Breceda when he found a huge iron T-Rex in front of Breceda's house. Then the project to settle Galleta Meadows with sculptures which could evoke the ancient habitants of the valley was born. It is some kind of Jurassic Park recreated in iron: the Gomphotherium.
Breceda works calmly. At this time there are just some samples, but the numbers do not cease to grow. The sculptures are huge -- the highest ones reach 4 meters high. They are made of iron plate molded with hammers, cut with torch, all soldered. As the times passes by, they get a fantastic patina given by rust nuances, which make them part of the local place. This kind of megalomaniac and unlikely project only could be originated in USA. American stuff, we should say. Thanks God.