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Unusual Tribute To Garcia

A 75lb bronze replica of the right hand of Jerry Garcia protruding from a boulder now occupies a space at the Santa Barbara Bowl in California.  Annabelle Garcia-McLean, one of the late Grateful Dead guitarist's daughters, represented the family at a private dedication, make that Deadication, Wednesday (11/10)Scott Brittingham, a Dead Head who chairs a campaign to raise funds to improve the facility, donated $1 million through his family foundation and arranged to have artist Tom White create the 18" high bronze work.  Garcia lost a portion of a middle finger on his right hand following a mishap while messing around with a blade and piece of wood as a young child.  Brittingham notes that, 'Other than his smile and his beard and his long hair, the hand is one of the most distinctive things about him.'  Beneath the hand a plaque lists fond descriptions of the man known as Captain Trips, including his daughter's favorite - Cosmic Explorer.


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