ENCINITAS (CNS) - The list of possible relocation sites for the wildly popular "Surfing Madonna" mosaic that appeared illegally under an Encinitas train bridge was down to three Tuesday.
Artist Mark Patterson, 58, affixed the 10-foot-by-10-foot stained-glass work under the bridge without city approval in April. It drew hundreds of fans in the two months that followed, until it was removed at Patterson's expense because city officials labeled it graffiti.
The mosaic depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard with the words "Save the Ocean" down the side. Patterson, an Encinitas resident, said that he had hoped to send a message about preserving the ocean.
As part of an agreement reached with city officials, Patterson paid for the removal and retained ownership of the art work. He told The San Diego Union-Tribune that he has found three private, but visible, locations on Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, where the "Surfing Madonna" could be displayed permanently. A final decision was at least a month away, he said.