‘Oh Great Spirit’: New statue in SLO

A larger-than-life bronze statue of an American Indian standing on a boulder has been installed at a corner of Prado Road and South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo.

“Oh Great Spirit” was created by Nell Scruggs of Thousand Oaks and donated by her daughters, Sharon McDaniels of Arroyo Grande and Terri Ernst of San Luis Obispo, according to Ann Ream, chairwoman of the Art in Public Places Committee at Arts Obispo.

The 800-pound, 12-foot-tall sculpture is not meant to depict a member of any particular tribe, but rather is an homage to all American Indians, she said.

The city worked closely with the Chumash Tribal Council to determine a suitable location for the statue, which is framed by greenery next to San Luis Obispo Creek, public art manager Shannon Bates said.

Landscaping is under way around the statue, which was appraised at $90,000 in 2008.

A dedication ceremony is schedule for mid- to late February.

Eventually, the extension of the Bob Jones City to the Sea Bike Trail will pass by it.

— Julia Hickey