The coolest thing for sale right now in Venice is pair of original “Venice of America” colonnade sculptures that are at Surfing Cowboys on Abbot Kinney. Surfing Cowboys is also having a sale which starts today and runs through Sunday, so go peep the deals.
They were created in 1904 by Felix Peano, an Italian sculptor who was hired by Abbot Kinney to add artistic details to Venice of America. Inspired by the classic style of Rome and the vision of Abbot Kinney, Peano (who was from Parma, Italy) used the likeness of a local Venice girl named Nettie Bouck and Mr. Abbot Kinney himself to create the faces.
They are made of heavy metal and have original paint and are in good vintage condition. Here is an example of some like it on the colonnade on Windward.
If I had the scratch these days to cop these, I wouldn’t be posting them here … I would be buying them for my place! Maybe someone can buy them and make a mold and sell me a set or two!
1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice Beach California 90291