At the corner of Temescal and California is local artist Hugh
Gorman’s house, guarded by two famous Fair Oaks statues,
the aardvark and the anteater. Hugh resided at Harmony
Hill as a young man and is credited with multiplying the Fair
Oaks chickens. As the years went by, he painted the murals
at the amphitheater and the Carmichael Park wall and
designed the Fair Oaks circle in the middle of the Village and
the Bluffs Plaza. He also created the graphic maps used in
this Walking Tour.
The aardvark and anteater were commissioned by local
artist Benny Barrios for the front of his studio on Bridge
Street. He sold the property to Village Sauna and when that
burned, the clean-up crew couldn’t figure what to do with the
statues, so they took them to Hugh’s house and left them on
the lawn. Since then, you may find an aardvark lurking in
the background in Hugh’s paintings of Fair Oaks.
Walk around the corner on California on your left (west) and
continue to the Slocum House Restaurant.