Snoopy and his brother Spike and Woodstock and a mini-Snoopy, all on a rocket. As this tableau has been here for 30 years or so, it’s a rocket that doesn’t go anywhere.
Wait a minute, that’s not Spike. It’s easy to see that the mustache on this hound is not the same as Spike’s. The mini-Snoopy? Perhaps a friend or cousin. Might be a bit of time distortion and it’s a puppy version of the Snoopster. Unlikely.
What is this missile doing here, among the saguaros and Joshua trees, the cliffs and canyons and granite boulders of these two deserts, the Sonoran and Mojave? Why was this “rocket ship” erected with unrelated comic strip characters aboard? What does this sculpture have to do with Wikieup? Dunno.
There are some rumors. One story I heard has to do with a Wikieup resident reporting that the rocket and friends was built by a foreign couple. By “foreign” she said, “…means they ain’t from around here.” The foreigners may have been a couple from Michigan in the early 1990s but they pulled up their shallow roots and took off, leaving the rocket behind.
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