Our Kook is certainly gaining popularity!
Kook calendars sell out, but new edition coming
By Jonathan Horn, UNION-TRIBUNE
Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 6 a.m.
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“Magic Carpet Ride” by artist Matthew Antichevich was the first public sculpture to honor surfers in San Diego County, but local surfers derisively dubbed it the “Cardiff Kook.”
ENCINITAS — The initial 2,500 Cardiff Kook calendars have sold out. But just as there is sure to be another prank victimizing the oft-maligned surfer statue, more calendars are on the way.
Encinitans Wayne Lynch and Fred Caldwell developed a 13-month calendar featuring the piece of public art festooned in different outfits from local pranksters. The blonde boy, routinely mocked by surfers for an effeminate and unathletic stance, is featured in the calendar with, among others get-ups, a pumpkin on its head, a Zorro mask, and, perhaps the most famous, being eaten by a papier-mache shark.
The $14 calendars were available at several locations throughout Encinitas. Ten percent of the proceeds go toward local charity Fill-a-belly, which feeds the homeless.
Lynch said an initial donation of $647 could be followed by another $300 to $400 if sales continue to go well. The second edition of the calendar will feature more up-to-date pictures of the surfer statue dressed up, including one of the boy decked out in pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Lynch said some proceeds from the new version would go to breast cancer organizations.