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Creator of Blackie statue returns to freshen up local icon

The statue of Blackie the horse that stands in Blackie’s Pasture wasn’t designed for riding, but visitors to the Tiburon park often have a hard time resisting the temptation to sidle up and throw a leg over to pose for a selfie. After 23 years of carrying passersby on his deeply swayed back, the local icon was showing some cracks. Sculptor Albert Guibara, who created the statue, traveled up from his Burlingame studio in late July, and he and an assistant went to work with a welder’s torch and an arsenal of artists’ metals. With the $2,500 reinforcement project now finished, Blackie is ready to face another two decades or more of wear and tear. (Petey Stein photo)

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