The Laguna College of Art + Design unveiled a new artwork Thursday afternoon called "Canyon Walkers," replacing two demolished "kneeling women" statues at the Laguna Beach campus.
"Canyon Walkers," a trio of "heroic-scale figurative sculptures" conceived and designed by Brittany Ryan, has been installed along Laguna Canyon Road at LCAD's main campus.
Ryan led a team of sculptors — Charlie Goering, Elizabeth Alvarez, Maxwell Gerber and Atiyeh Hess — on the project, which began in January 2016.
The three sculptures are individually named "The Art Student," "Hiker and Companion" and "Traveler."
"'Canyon Walkers' will complement and capture the free-thinking artistic spirit of Laguna Canyon," LCAD President Jonathan Burke said in a statement. "Each figure tells a story of Laguna Canyon archetypes whose stories in this unique environment will live on for future generations."
Two "kneeling women" statues fronting the school were demolished March 21, though a third, which had been displayed elsewhere at LCAD, was kept for posterity. The plaster statues, twice the size of a real woman, were part of a class project in which faculty picked the best work.
Three students — Julio Reyes, Candace Bohannon and Amanda Gress — molded and cast what became the final statues.
As conspicuous fixtures on Laguna Canyon Road for some 10 years, they became a landmark for thousands of drivers passing them daily.