DIVE ON IN, CHARLIE BROWN! (2005 Santa Rosa, California) Artist Bryce Fruiht and his family share a common interest that inspired this design. “We’ve always done abalone diving. Plus it seemed to fit the Sonoma County coast,” Fruiht said. Abalones are a shellfish that can be found worldwide along the coastal waters of six different continents. They have one-piece shells that are shiny and colorful on the interior and belong to the genus Haliotis which means “sea ear”. The muscular foot has strong suction power which allows it to clamp onto rocky surfaces. Sonoma and Mendocino Counties are known for their abundance of abalones. -
The statues from Peanuts on Parade was just the foundation of tons of history and trivia about the United States, specifically St. Paul, Minnesota & Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, California. With 800 statues, there's much to be learned from this artwork. I've taken photos of every statue (only person to do so - a few have never been on public display) and assembled that with 500+ interviews with the artists, sponsors, owners, members of the Schulz family, people behind the scenes that made this project happen, & local and national celebrities. One of two copies of the original collection can be found in the archives of the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. Photo copies were created and spent about 5 years on public display there. My posts on Instagram are just a glimpse into my collection of photos and information. I hope you enjoy what you read.