The Spirit of Imperial Beach

A statue being dedicated on Jan. 3, 2009, honors the birthplace of surfing for a cool $2.8 million.

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A $2.8 million statue honors the birthplace of surfing -- Imperial Beach, Calif. The sculpture will be dedicated in a public ceremony on January 3, 2009.
The 18-foot-tall sculpture created by the late A. Wasil is installed at the new Palm Avenue street end plaza in Imperial Beach.
A. Wasil was a resident of Coronado and an SDSU alum whose work includes a bust of Jesus Christ displayed in the Vatican, the symbols of the bull and bear in La Jolla's business district as well as the bust of the late Jack Murphy at Qualcomm Stadium.
This work includes two children building a sand castle, reminiscent of the popular "Sand Castle Days" held each summer on the beach.
The sculpture was delivered from the Artworks Foundrey in Berkeley, set into its foundation and anchored with steel bolts.
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The $2.8 million public works project was sponsored by the Port of San Diego, the City of Imperial Beach and the State Water Resources Control Board.
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