Tin creatures at Breceda Sculpture Garden Open House awe hundreds

Metal sculpture artist Ricardo Breceda holds an open house event at his outdoor gallery in Aguanga, Feb. 10-11. Breceda is known for creating large metal sculptures of dinosaurs and animals that are displayed in outdoor settings. Shane Gibson photo

The second Ricardo Breceda metal sculpture garden Open House in Aguanga drew dozens of area residents to admire and purchase some of the unique life-sized tin sculptures depicting everything from Tyrannosaurus Rex to stagecoaches and conquistadores Saturday, Feb. 10-11, on Highway 79 South.

Breceda, an internationally known tin metal artist and his crew, greeted each guest at the Open House with a tour and traditionally cooked Taquitos and other treats all free. Hundreds of tin sculptures of every size and shape line the property inviting curious stares and questions about how they are created at the garden.

Entertainment by western singer and artist Michael Thomas, Latin music by Luciano Gherardi and Mariachis continue throughout the weekend to the delight of the visitors.

Showing off their oil and acrylic creations were artists from Temecula and the surrounding areas that set up their easels for the weekend gaining inspiration from the Breceda creations that leave little to the imagination.

Mario Gomez, one of the Breceda tin sculpture artists, explained how the creations are all made of tin, molded into shape and welded together to form – pretty much anything and everything under the sun. One of the latest tin creations standing almost 10 feet tall gleamed in the sunlight on the hill above the garden next to the inviting straw covered gazebo was a tin dog destined for the Cabazon Outlet that is celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dog.

Breceda and his crew sculpt tin creations to order for individuals, businesses or organizations. Many of his works can be seen along the highways in Anza Borrego State Park and in front of area businesses.

Lianna Arroyo, Breceda’s daughter and marketing manager, said the open houses have been very successful and they are hoping to have one every quarter with the next one scheduled for the second weekend in August.

Visitors are always welcome at the garden located at 44450 Highway 79 in Aguanga, said Breceda. For information call (951) 236-5896 or visit www.ricardobreceda.com.

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