The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office opened the new Carlsbad Sculpture Garden at the end of January with an opening reception for the community hosted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts. The garden features nine sculptures created by Escondido artists Leslie and Paul Wilton and is titled Reclaimed, Repurposed, Remembered. Using brightly colored found and recycled metal and repurposed wood from machinery, car parts, lawn equipment, tableware, and tools, the artists create a variety of whimsical sculptures from blue monkeys to chickens to bugs, giant grasshoppers, oversized flowers, and more. A Family Open Studios event will be held in the garden on April 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., giving families a chance to enjoy the sculptures while taking part in a hands-on art-making workshop. The Sculpture Garden has exhibited works by acclaimed national and international artists such as Italo Scanga and Kevin Capps, and by prominent local artists, such as Fritzie Urquhart and Jeffrey Laudenslager. Exhibitions are rotated every six to 12 months. For more information visit