Parks superintendent William Penn Mott was inspired by Winston's free-form jewelry designs, and commissioned him to create something similar. The metal skeleton was formed at the Macri Iron Works in West Oakland. 1
The sculpture was previewed at the 1952 California Spring Garden Show.
Apparently it is currently (April, 2015) fenced off, and in some danger of being torn down because there's a Facebook group called Lake Merritt's Mid-Century Monster Fan Club mentioning efforts to save it.
The album cover for Sly and the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music" (1968) was photographed with the band standing atop the statue.
Links and References
- Lake Merritt's Mid-Century Monster Fan Club
- Dance to the Music on Wikipedia
- The Lake Merritt Monster! Oakland Tribune August 22, 1954
- Fairyland Made Practical Oakland Tribune April 27, 1952
- Monster needs a bake sale Oakland Heritage Alliance newsletter by Kathleen diGiovanni