Odd Pueblo: Hunky Egyptian left at the altar

Just as he was packing his tomb to move to his new home, the hunky Egyptian guy who has been seeking a cozy refuge was left in the lurch.

Magic Carpet Golf’s remaining statue, the giant sphinx, still remains.

“I just got word from the party that had committed to the sphinx and they are now backing out,” said Tucson artist Charlie Spillar, whose efforts to find homes for the gads of giant golf course statues earned him honors from the Tucson Mayor and City Council.

“Oh well, I knew it was an expensive venture. Now I have to start my search again. They had their contractors look at it and determined it was just too expensive to move and they could probably build a new one cheaper.”

Building a new one may be cheaper, but it wouldn’t have the value as a chunk of kooky Tucson history. The statues at Magic Carpet Golf, 6125 E. Speedway Blvd., were created by Lee Koplin some 30 years ago and have amused kids and adults alike for decades.

Spillar said the sphinx seemed to be taking it well, or at least the big guy kept a stony face through the emotional upheaval.

Do you want the sphinx? E-mail Spillar at cspillar@q.com

Photo by John Meyer

Photo by John Meyer

Read Spillar’s update on the giant tiki head statue.


About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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2 Responses to Odd Pueblo: Hunky Egyptian left at the altar

  1. RADC MAXIMUS says:

    Mornin’ Rynski…no I don’t have a home for this edifice. Wondering what happened to Evans? Did he leave you to run the show all by your lonesome?

  2. Rynski says:

    Mornin’ RADC MAX –

    Are you sure the sphinx wouldn’t fit in your yard? With a 200-sq-ft interior, you could use it as a tool shed! haha

    Evans is toiling behind the scenes with admin duties. He’s still alive, at least last I checked yesterday (haha).

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