July 05, 2006

Dolphins are people, too

On the dolphin sculptures of Bud Bottoms (father of actor Timothy):

Saved by DolphinsBottoms' own belief system has a distinct California cast to it, weaving his love for the outdoors (Thoreau his idol) with American Indian rituals and mythology. Add to this his well-honed salesman's instincts and you have just the right man for the ever-competitive battle in the public sculpting arena. One of his most successful selling tools has been the handy Chumash legend of the Rainbow Bridge. In it the Earth Mother takes pity on her clumsy children, who, while traveling said bridge from Santa Cruz Island to the mainland, lose their footing and fall into the sea. At this point Mom turns them into dolphins, which are thereafter one miracle from being "people."

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