Turlock, California: Califia: Welcome Goddess

Calafia is an eight-ton 14-ft. tall statue decorated with gourds, sunflowers, and corn, meant to celebrate the city's agricultural heritage. She's been in Turlock since 2005, despite efforts by some business owners to get rid of her.

222 W. Main St., Turlock, CA
Downtown. At the corner of W. Main St. and Market St., which is just east of Lander Ave.
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Califia statue.


Califia is a beloved statue in downtown Turlock that represents the true history of the land on which it stands. Turlock needs art that represents all of its inhabitants and not just those who have colonized, gentrified, etc.

[Jessica S, 09/28/2019]

Calafia is a 14-foot-tall, eight-ton statue decorated with gourds, sunflowers, and corn. She was originally a kind of fountain -- water dripped from her fingers -- but her internal tap was permanently turned off in 2019.


14-Foot-Tall Welcome Goddess

The local shopkeepers hate her, and the artist contracted to build her refuses to alter her in any way. Stalemate!

[Spiffey, 08/02/2014]

Calafia, an agricultural deity of sorts, wear a sun bonnet and fruit-nut-vegetable dress. She's been firmly rooted to the sidewalk since 2002.

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