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Briefly: Electric Giraffe

A highlight of the San Diego’s Art Around Adams art walk:

I met Russell the Electric Giraffe and the man who built all of it. Russell has been at festivals, met Obama, but mostly just roams wherever people are.

At 1700 pounds and 17 feet tall with its neck raised, it’s the beautiful product of a painful process.

The coolest part about all of it is that it can be touched and ridden; it’s not just to be looked at. It looks well-used. “There’s the magic,” he says about little kids getting excited to touch it since they’re usually told not to.

“Kids in 6th grade thought I was a show-off. It’s one thing to be a show-off and another to prove it.”

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