Bookhead.

Bookhead

Field review by the editors.

Davis, California

In the early 1990s UC Davis art professor Robert Arneson installed seven different Egghead sculptures around campus. Made of enameled ceramic -- Arneson was known as the "Father of the Ceramic Funk Art Movement" -- the large Eggheads were site-specific, and the perennial favorite among them has always been the one outside of the university library: Bookhead. It was unveiled in October 1991. Arneson died a year later.

As with all of the Eggheads, Bookhead is essentially a big egg with human ears, eyes, nose, and mouth. Bookhead lays face-down, its nose literally in a big, open book, its eyes wide. Students rub Bookhead for luck before exams, and can relate to what they see as a familiar act of scholarly exhaustion: pressing your forehead to an open book, hoping that its contents somehow transfer into your brain.

Bookhead

Peter J. Shields Library

Address:
100 NW Quad, Davis, CA
Directions:
Outside the entrance to the Shields Library, which is on the south side of Shields Ave., at the first traffic circle east of its intersection with California Ave. No place to park.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Computer Science Museum - UC DavisComputer Science Museum - UC Davis, Davis, CA - < 1 mi.
Caterpillar with 7 Pairs of ShoesCaterpillar with 7 Pairs of Shoes, Davis, CA - < 1 mi.
Big Blocky Calico CatBig Blocky Calico Cat, Davis, CA - < 1 mi.
In the region:
16-Foot-Tall Microscope, Vacaville, CA - 18 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in California

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in California.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, Foyil, Oklahoma (May 10-16, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now