We spent 4 months in Palm Springs last year and somehow we missed two really great adventures, Robolights and the metal sculptures in Borrego Springs. They are both definitely worth seeing.
The metal sculptures of Borrego Springs takes about 4 hours if you try to see most of them. There are 130 sculptures located on the Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs. The full size steel welded sculptures were created by Ricardo Breceda. The bulk of the sculptures are of prehistoric creatures that once roamed here. In addition to the dinosaurs and sabertooth tigers there are many other more recent creatures like wild horses, a grasshopper and scorpion, a gold prospector and a padre with his dog. The desert landscape with the backdrop of mountains is the perfect setting for these sculptures. The sculptures are located on the Borrego Springs road on both sides of the roundabout. You can drive off the road to most of them through very hard packed desert sand. The sculptures look as if the creatures are in motion, in particular the dinosaurs. John and I had a blast “posing” with the sculptures and just hamming it up.
The next adventure is Robolights, but you need to be here during the Christmas season to take this one in. This is not your typical holiday light display. The creator, Kenny Irwin, has spent the last 30 years creating this exhibit on his 4 acre estate in Palm Springs. He built this display with almost a kiloton of “junk” that would have ended up in landfills.
You feel as if you have been transported to a magical world as you walk through the meandering paths past large robots and displays. There are over 7 million lights and it is the largest residential light display in the U.S. I think what struck me more than the lights is the bright colors of pinks and yellows and whites.
I was really glad that we visited the display when it opened at 4 p.m. so we could enjoy the richness of the colors before sunset. It took about 45 minutes to walk through the display so we were able to enjoy the lights as well once it got dark.
There is no entrance fee, but donations are gladly accepted.