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Salinas, California: Hat in Three Stages of Landing

Three large yellow cowboy hats on poles, "Hat in Three Stages of Landing," stand in a park and have a vague connection to the local rodeo. 1978 sculpture by Claes Oldenburg (1929-2022).

920 N. Main St., Salinas, CA
North of Bernal Drive in Sherwood Park.
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Salinas Rodeo Hats

They are currently being reprinted and refurbished. Will be back in about a year as per the parks community center.

[Stephanie, 07/08/2013]

The hats returned, good as new, on November 23, 2013. May 2015: Photo added.

Big hats.

Salinas Rodeo Hats

Three big hats stand just outside the north end of the Community Center next to Sherwood Park and the California Rodeo (Salinas Sports Complex).

[David Kamada, 10/02/2010]

Officially titled "Hat in three stages of landing," the artwork was built by Claes Oldenburg in 1982. It's meant to depict a single hat tossed from a rodeo cowboy as it floats to the ground. Oldenburg perforated the hats to make them look like salad colanders, a nod to Salinas' claim to be Salad Bowl of the World.

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