Ogling the Fantastic Junk Sculptures in Sebastopol, California
First-time visitors to the free-spirited Sonoma County haven of Sebastopol do more than their share of double-takes — especially if they happen to turn onto Florence Avenue, a couple of blocks off Main Street. That’s where French-Canadian transplant Patrick Amiot and his wife, Brigitte Laurent, have graced their neighbors’ front yards with a one-of-a-kind assortment of funky, whimsical pop-art sculptures constructed from salvaged ... well, you name it. In one yard, a skeleton rides a chopper. In another, a redheaded mermaid strums a harp. A grinning Mad Hatter stands atop a teapot. A paunchy Batman boasts a toaster and a grease gun on his tool belt. It’s a phantasmagorical vision of small-town U.S.A.