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Crowd Gathers To Boost Legacy Project
LA MESA -- It was a full house Saturday as residents gathered to have a burger and help build a legacy installation in La Mesa Village.
The Centennial Legacy Project conducted day-long raffles and live auctions and added several thousand dollars more to the effort that is moving closer to achieving the $165,000 needed to build the Dominguez family vision of a playful installation that will stand as a reminder of the city's 100th Birthday celebration.
Johnny B's did a steady business all day of burgers, beers and salads with a portion of each sale going to the project. Baskets, musical instruments, classic street signs and art work -- all of it donated by local merchants and professionals -- fueled the day's events. Event chair Aaron Landau and his team collected items from throughout La Mesa to make this a full city-wide event.
Bidding got heated at one point as Dexter Levy and local merchant and Sheriff's employee Jim Wieboldt fought over a Centennial medallion. Wieboldt won.
But the big attention of the day -- and the highest bid -- was reserved for an original piece of sculpture cast just recently by Jess Dominguez. The 30-pound bronze piece is a miniature of the Helix snail that will be the model for a major part of the Lookout installation to be installed in the La Mesa Boulevard island just east of Bo-beau Kitchen + Garden. The full-size piece will weigh over 300 pounds, but won't be solid like the piece that City Councilwoman Ruth Sterling paid $600 for in Saturday's auction.
"We call him Felix the Helix,'' Dominguez explained as he toured his art work through the event.
The snail's helix-shaped shell is what gave Mt. Helix its name.