There’s a new place to visit on your way to or from Rancho Obi-Wan. It’s Imagination Park, a new pocket park in the center of San Anselmo, California, where George Lucas lives. And featured is a soothing fountain and waterfall with life-size bronze statues of Yoda and Indiana Jones by famed sculptor Lawrence Noble.
The property and the statues were a gift of George Lucas, who has lived in San Anselmo most of his adult life. He also paid for the demolition of the old commercial buildings on the site, which is next door to San Anselmo’s Town Hall and police department.
San Anselmo is half-way between San Francisco and Petaluma, the home of Rancho Obi-Wan. While the life-size Indy statue is the only one of its kind, the Yoda bronze has a longer and more complex history. Yoda was commissioned by Rancho Obi-Wan CEO Steve Sansweet and four friends. Noble said he was also going to cast one as a gift for Lucas, who loved the piece. A limited number (20) were licensed for sale.
Lucas placed the first Yoda in front of then-newly-opened Big Rock Ranch when Lucasfilm corporate headquarters moved there from Skywalker Ranch. In 2005, he put another atop a fountain at Lucasfilm’s San Francisco headquarters at the Letterman Digital Arts Center. The other Yoda bronzes are in private collections—with one proudly displayed along with some of Noble’s other sculptures and art at Rancho Obi-Wan.
The address of Imagination Park is 535 San Anselmo Avenue. There is still an opportunity to help fund the park’s landscaping and upkeep and get your name recognized in the park. For details on how to donate: www.SanAnselmoPark.org.