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This bronze statue can be found at Witter Ranch Park at Saintsbury & Chimney Rock Way.

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“What’s the story behind the pig statue at Witter Ranch Park?”

-@grumpybuttons via Twitter

Suzy Vose, Art in Public Places Project Manager for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission responds:

“The artist is Jean Van Keuren, and the piece is called, ‘One of These Things is Not Like the Other,’ bronze, 2006, commission amount $25,000. This is site specific artwork meant to relate to the former Witter Ranch. One of the animals is a dog but you have to look closely because at first glance they all look like pigs. Jean lives in Davis and her artwork is in many private and public collections throughout California. Her work often includes animals with a whimsical perspective.”

More about Jean Van Keuren’s artwork can be found here.

The Witter Ranch Community Alliance website has information about how the neighborhood – and park -got its name:

“The Edwin Witter Ranch complex, located at 3480 Witter Way at the southwestern corner of our boundary, consists of six buildings, including the main residence which was constructed in 1934 in a style reflective of the time plus some Spanish/Mediterranean influences. The original residence building, still standing today northeast of the main residence, is a modest bungalow type structure with some Craftsman styles built between 1918 and 1921.”

More about the historic Witter Ranch can be found on the National Register of Historic Places Registration form submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service here.

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