Just as he was packing his tomb to move to his new home, the hunky Egyptian guy who has been seeking a cozy refuge was left in the lurch.
Magic Carpet Golf’s remaining statue, the giant sphinx, still remains.
“I just got word from the party that had committed to the sphinx and they are now backing out,” said Tucson artist Charlie Spillar, whose efforts to find homes for the gads of giant golf course statues earned him honors from the Tucson Mayor and City Council.
“Oh well, I knew it was an expensive venture. Now I have to start my search again. They had their contractors look at it and determined it was just too expensive to move and they could probably build a new one cheaper.”
Building a new one may be cheaper, but it wouldn’t have the value as a chunk of kooky Tucson history. The statues at Magic Carpet Golf, 6125 E. Speedway Blvd., were created by Lee Koplin some 30 years ago and have amused kids and adults alike for decades.
Spillar said the sphinx seemed to be taking it well, or at least the big guy kept a stony face through the emotional upheaval.
Only one local coffee shop could get away with being besieged by ants, monkeys, strange dogs, elephants and neon green paint that looks like blood dripping down the doorway.
That one is Epic Cafe, 745 N. Fourth Ave., corner of East University Boulevard.
Even if I weren’t June’s featured artist (full disclosure), I dig the place for its groovy vibe and even groovier artwork on display.
Shop owner Two Feathers (yes, his real name) features a local artist each month inside the shop and continues to be amazed by the artwork that pops up on the exterior walls.
“It just shows up there,” he said, wanting to usher me outside to take a gander at the bloody neon paint and the depiction of a kid reading a book to an elephant. Two Feathers leaves the creations he likes.
Epic is definitely a hot spot for its couches, community, cakes and kookiness.
Oh yes, it also serves some dang good coffee.
What’s your favorite Tucson coffee shop and why?
Do you favor flavor over ambiance or vice versa?
(Dunkin Donuts has THE best French vanilla coffee, but I don’t really dig hanging out there.)