The Greeter

The Greeter: 1980s Statue

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Laguna Beach, California

In life, Eiler Larsen may have resembled a terrifying Old Testament prophet, but he was a sweetheart who delighted surprising visitors with gifts of flowers and candy. He was best known, however, as The Greeter, a man who for decades would stand beside the Coast Highway and greet visitors to Laguna Beach with a booming, "Helloo-oo, delighted to see you!"

Larsen died in 1975, and 10 years later a cafe, named The Corner Greeter, erected a statue of Larsen carved by Sculptor Guy Angelo Wilson from a redwood log cut down in 1890, the same year Larsen was born. The statue portrays Larsen in his less frightening final years, frozen in a perpetual wave with a book in his pocket (He liked to read). Befitting Larsen's status as a roadside attraction, sculptor Wilson had a reputation for carving Easter Island heads for Tiki bars.

The statue was scheduled to be repaired and refinished by Wilson in 2016.

Also see: Town Ambassadors

The Greeter: 1980s Statue

Greeter's Corner Restaurant.

329 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
S Coast Hwy and Forest Ave.
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