The reopening of the Palm Desert Historical Society features the dedication of the “R. Hero” statue.
The statue depicts a dalmation, and is placed in the median on El Paseo directly in front of the Historical Society building, which at one time served as Palm Desert’s first fire station.
“R. HERO,” is a 6-foot, 2-inch-tall sculpture of a Dalmatian puppy. The sculpture is iridescent purple with signature black Dalmatian spots. Its name, “R. HERO,” is visible on a shiny silver dog collar. The City’s Art in Public Places Commission chose the location across from The Historical Society as the most appropriate site.
The dedication takes place Saturday, October 6 at 9:45 a.m. The public is invited to attend and to meet the artists, Karen and Tony Barone. “R. Hero” is one in a series of sculptures the Barones have made to honor firefighters.
The dedication ceremony will be followed by the reopening of the Historical Society, which features a collection of firefighting memorabilia and other exhibits showing Palm Desert’s past.
The Palm Desert Historical Society is located 72-861 El Paseo. For more information about the Historical Society, phone 760-346-6588.