Magic Carpet Golf’s sun brightens up my neighborhoodby Elizabeth "Bjay" Woolley on Oct. 09, 2009, under Arts, Life, pop culture, Tucson
I get water from Water on 22nd, a very fine establishment. In the past, this business had been hard to find and you couldn’t see it until you were right upon it because it is set back from the road.
However, lately it’s visibility has been greatly improved by a giant, bright, concrete sun set out front. You can’t help but notice it.
Today while filling up my water jugs I asked Daniel the water guy about it. He told me it was the sun from Magic Carpet Golf that closed after 30-plus years in January of last year to the disappointment of many Tucsonans.
In April of this year it was announced many statues, including this one, had been found adoptive homes by Tucson artist (and Tucson Citizen Blogger) Charlie Spillar. In June he blogged this statue had been removed and headed to an eastside location. Well, now we know where the sun went!
This was one of many of statues created by Lee Koplin in the 1970s who has been called the inventor of goofy golf. It has certainly helped Water on 22nd become more noticeable.
Have you had your own sightings of Magic Carpet Golf statues around town?