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Palm Springs, California: Statue of Sonny Bono

Sculpted in bronze, the grinning statue sits on the edge of a fountain and depicts the older, mayor-of-Palm-Springs Sonny, not the younger, "I Got You Babe" Sonny. Highly burnished legs hint that Sonny is still loved. Emmanuil Snitkovsky sculpted the work, dedicated in 2001.

Mercado Plaza

155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
I-10 exit 120. Drive south on Indian Canyon Drive for four miles. Turn right onto Hwy 111/Vista Chino, then an immediate left onto Palm Canyon Drive. Drive south another 1.5 miles. The statue will be on the right, next to a fountain, outside the Mercado Plaza shopping mall, at the intersection of La Plaza.
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Statue of Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono statue in the midst of shopper's paradise. When I took his pic, someone had given Sonny a cigarette.

[De, 09/02/2010]

Bono was killed in a 1998 skiing accident during his second term in the US Congress. He was elected mayor of Palm Springs in 1988 (the bronze sitting at the fountain depicts that era Sonny), but the celebrity politician may be forever remembered for his earlier TV stint on the comedy-variety "Sonny and Cher Show."

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