Tehachapi, California: Avenue of Faces

Spirit faces caved into a row of trees by local artist Kent Holmgren over twenty years.

City Park

Address:
East E St., Tehachapi, CA
Directions:
East E St. across from City Park (also known as Well's Park) and inside City Park as well.
Hours:
Dawn to Dusk.
Admission:
Free
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Carved tree face. Avenue of Faces

Nice place to stop and picnic on the way to or back from Las Vegas. The kids had a great time trying to find all the tree carvings.

[Bart, 07/17/2014]
Avenue of Faces. Avenue of Faces

Beautiful park! Kids had fun running from tree to tree to see if there was a face.

[Jen, 05/05/2013]
Avenue of Faces

Great place to picnic while taking a break from the road. Easy and fast to get to from CA-58.

[Michelle, 06/16/2010]
Face in tree. Avenue of Faces

A well-kept park.

[Sydney Harter, 05/28/2010]

... and not at all alarming if you're accustomed to trees with distorted human faces.

Avenue of Faces. Avenue of Faces

"The Avenue of Faces" is a row of several carved trees across the street from City Park, as well as a few carved stumps inside the park's grounds. They are the work of local artist Kent Holmgren. He's been sculpting wood for over twenty years and uses a chainsaw. These sculpted trees are also known as "tree spirit" and every tree's face is unique. Apparently, the trees are not harmed by the carvings.

There are more of these tree spirits in town by the same artist at Brite Lake, down Banducci Road.

[Kim, 10/19/2009]

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