Parables in Concrete: Desert Christ Park

by Pasadena Adjacent


The concrete visionary Frank Antone Martin (1889-1961) found his place as a pattern maker for Hughs Aircraft during the height of the A-Bomb scare. As an ode to peace and brotherhood Antonio started building a giant concrete Jesus on his Inglewood driveway. Antonio’s first choice, the Grand Canyon, took a pass on it. Forest Lawn wanted it but instead the artist chose to wait in hopes of better prospects. Fate intervened in the guise of desert homesteader and Pastor Eddie Garver. Eddie was a bad boy who converted to christianity after being run over by a truck. Having settled on a hillside above the townof  Yucca Valley, Eddie worked on his church between odd jobs. When he prayed stuff showed up; church bells, congregants and Frank Antonio Martin with his 3 ton Christ. The beginnings of Desert Christ Park; dedicated Easter Sunday 1951

Everyones favorite; Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me  (Mark 10:13-16)

MVI_4197, originally uploaded by Access Palm 2009.

Join the crowd at the Mount (Matt: 5:7-15) say hello to Jesus, Mary and Martha (John 11:1-44) hey! it’s the Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:4-26) meet up at The Last Supper (Matt. 26:17-30)

MVI_4219, originally uploaded by Access Palm 2009.

Desert quiet in the cumbling garden of Gesthsemane (Math. 26: 36-46)

.Mr V has his picture taken with the Savior

Frank Antonio Martin figured if his gesture towards “peace and brotherhood” failed to stave off Kingdom Come, his use of reinforced concrete would. Maybe so, but not a visit by the ACLU in 1988 followed by the Landers 7.2 Quake in 1992. Since then the prophets have suffered the loss of limbs and jurisdiction funding.