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New ‘Surfing Madonna’ Art Could Hit Southern California Beaches

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Southern California's famous "Surfing Madonna" may soon have company.

The Surfing Madonna in Encinitas
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Above: The Surfing Madonna in Encinitas

The stained-glass mosaic of the Virgin of Guadalupe catching a wave next to the message "Save the Ocean" was illegally placed under an Encinitas bridge three years ago.

It was removed and eventually found a new home near a surf shop in Leucadia.

Now, artist Mark Patterson tells U-T San Diego that other artists will create their own interpretations of his Madonna, including one in bronze.

A new nonprofit group, the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, will find homes for the artwork along the state's coastline in a campaign to raise awareness about environmental threats to the sea.

The project hopes to raise funds with a beach run this fall in Encinitas.

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Mmikey | July 26, 2013 at 8:01 a.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

put it next to all the kiss statues around the country

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