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Odd Pueblo: Hunky Egyptian left at the altar

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.

Do you want the sphinx? E-mail Spillar at cspillar@q.com

Photo by John Meyer
Photo by John Meyer

Read Spillar’s update on the giant tiki head statue.

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Hunky Egyptian finds new home

We’ve all be writhing awake at night wondering if the sole remaining statue at Magic Carpet Golf – the sizable sphinx – would ever be adopted.

It did, thanks to Charlie Spillar.

Artist Spillar has now found new homes for all of the colossal, concrete statues that graced the miniature golf course that’s destined to become a car lot.

Photo by John Meyer
Photo by John Meyer
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Photo by John Meyer

The mammoth sphinx was the last man standing – and a tough one to place.

“People would call and say they are interested in the sphinx, but when they came to look they would realize it’s not something they can put in their front yard,” Spillar said.

Spillar, who was honored by Tucson’s mayor and city council for his statue efforts, did not yet disclose the hunky Egyptian’s new location.

But I bet once it’s up we won’t be able to miss it.

With all the quirky pieces of Tucson, and other Americana, slowly becoming extinct, Spillar needs to be applauded for helping some kooky stuff live on.

Way to go, Charlie.

Since he’s so effective at successful adoptions, perhaps his next step should be working with our animal shelters….

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