Paul Sutton says he and his wife, Sandy, enjoyed coming to the Hi-Desert and Joshua Tree National Park for years and hoped to retire here. The Suttons were also long-time friends with Yucca Valley sculptor David Falossi, and when Sandy passed away from cancer two years ago, Falossi created the statue, “Spirit Climb” to honor the late Sandy Sutton.
“Sandy had a special spirit,” Sutton said Saturday morning, Dec. 5, at a equally special ceremony to dedicate the statue at Turtle Island.
Lori Herbel, whose Certified Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning at Turtle Island, suggested placing the statue here to the Island’s owner Linda Perry of Joshua Tree Health Foods. So between a consortium of friends and businesses, which included Christy Lopez, owner of Natural Sisters Café, the Joshua Tree Chamber of
Commerce was honored to conduct the ribbon-cutting dedication and officially welcome the limestone statue into the community.
“We are all rock climbers on our journey through life,” Falossi’s daughter Marianna told the dedication audience.
“Everyone coming through town will see the statute,” an enthusiastic Herbel declared.
The statue is made from a 5-ton block of limestone and was carved over a two- year period.
Greg Hammond, playing his hand-made Native American flutes, created a serene atmosphere at Joshua Tree’s bustling Turtle Island before the dedication of David Falossi’s statue, “Spirit Climb” Saturday morning, Dec. 5.
Yucca Valley sculptor David Falossi was surrounded by family and friends as Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce president Bill Vincent helped Falossi’s daughter snip the ribbon at the dedication of his statue, “Spirit Climb,” on Turtle Island Saturday morning, Dec. 5. From left front are Joshua Tree Health Foods’ Linda Perry, Falossi’s wife Elena and daughter Isabella, the chamber’s Vincent and Paul Sutton. In back from left are Perry’s husband Danny Bacon and artist Falossi.