Chessie Trunkston

Chessie Trunkston

On our way to Phoenix we took a side trip to Carefree, Arizona in order to see a Ray Villafane sculpture using 30 tons of sand. This nine foot life-size elephant named Chess Trunkston is playing chess with a field mouse named Hershel Higginbottom. Sue Beatrice collaborated on this work. Carefree’s town center is devoted to the arts. This incredible sand sculpture is located in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion of the Carefree Desert Gardens and will be on view until September 5th. Another of his sand sculptures, “Owl With Babies,” is located nearby. I also enjoyed walking under a waterfall while children nearby cooled off in a water fountain. Arthur Norby’s sculpture “Stampede” is also worth seeing. We learned that Ray Villafane will display his pumpkin carving craft again this October. Perhaps we can visit.

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