Which One Wins? ‘Bullman with Bulldog’ or ‘Drowning Man’?

May 18, 2017 19:00 pm · 40 comments

It’s time to take a break from the news and have a little fun with local art.

You have to pick one.

Which one of these Walnut Creek art sculptures would you pick to display in your backyard?

‘Drowning man’? (does anyone know the real name of the piece?)

Or ‘Bullman with Bulldog’?

Silva May 18, 2017 at 7:07 PM

Bullman with Bulldog.

anontwo May 18, 2017 at 7:07 PM

The Spirit Poles!

Kitty Kiss May 18, 2017 at 7:07 PM

I’d put the fountain in the back yard and the bull man in the front yard to scare off undesirables.

Poor Richard May 18, 2017 at 7:16 PM

I have lived in a number of major cities, and have never seen any “Public Art” that I would want to see from my home.
Most “Artists” today are counter-culture, who mainly desire to irritate the populace.
Who paid for this “Art”?

Shasta Daisy May 18, 2017 at 7:18 PM

Bullman with Bulldog!
“Art is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation.”


Schmee May 18, 2017 at 7:24 PM

Art is not a contest. It’s not about who wins or loses. It’s about… just kidding I have no idea what I’m talking about. Go bull man!!

Grewah May 18, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Bullman with Bulldog!! Sure it would freak out the racoons. LOL

GRX May 18, 2017 at 7:33 PM

Walnut Creek is getting creepy……

Judas May 18, 2017 at 7:53 PM

I like drowning man a lot, but I think bullman would be a better fit, unfortunately.

Cowellian May 18, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Schmee for the win!

Original G May 18, 2017 at 8:08 PM

Searched using terms walnut creek, ca street art water.
Is titled “Fountain Head”
July 2012 news article.

Bronze $1.30 lb.

FCA May 18, 2017 at 8:40 PM

Neither, too much drug use by designers

Dr. Jellyfinger May 18, 2017 at 8:45 PM

They both suck… Bullman really sucks the most tho.
I like the gigantic bow & arrow in S.F.
Why can’t we get classy stuff like that?

WhoDat? May 18, 2017 at 8:46 PM


Ancient Mariner May 18, 2017 at 8:46 PM

Both are icky.

As someone who has had to buy “street art” as part of a land development, I would prefer decorative manhole covers to the pretentious nothings that are usually installed.
Here are some examples of good street art:


nuk nuk May 18, 2017 at 8:55 PM

I would have called the head sculpture “Rebirthing”

Atticus Thraxx May 18, 2017 at 9:00 PM

If art is about getting a reaction, mission accomplished. I like them both, but my ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ on velvet alongside my ‘Fat Elvis In a Cape’ also coincidentally, on velvet both are blood splattered and need replacement. 😉

Shoulda Coulda May 18, 2017 at 9:17 PM

I read that Bullman and Bulldog were
donated by the artist. With that head
and those legs I think he’s ready for
the running of the bulls like in Pamplona.
Run Bullman Run!

KJ May 18, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Bull man with dog.

Shasta Daisy May 18, 2017 at 9:27 PM

You’ve got to see it from all angles and from a distance to really decide if you like bullman or not.
You’ll do a double take when you drive by or see it from across the street.



8066 May 18, 2017 at 10:31 PM

The Doggie Diner head is even worse than these babies.

Anon May 18, 2017 at 10:38 PM

I like the drowning man, but way to big for my backyard

jjshawk May 18, 2017 at 10:53 PM

Bullman, all the way!

Beastman May 18, 2017 at 11:19 PM

I prefer the decoratively painted electrical boxes in Emeryville. Public art without taking up public space like Fountain Head and Bullman.

Happy One May 18, 2017 at 11:33 PM

I’d choose Bullman with Bulldog because it makes me smile. Plus, it would fit better in a suburban backyard.

Quincy's quest May 19, 2017 at 1:04 AM

Defiantly Bullman.

Drluddite May 19, 2017 at 3:22 AM

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked by the drowning man statue with my family and young son over the last few years. I was oblivious to the fact that it’s a drowning man until this post.

Walnut creek is a very expensive community to live in and it’s expensive to live close by. The statue or peice truly describes what the vast majority of people who want to live in Walnut Creek and the surrounding areas feel on a daily basis.

Thank you Caycord for putting some things into perspective for me.

Silva May 19, 2017 at 5:16 AM

Ancient Mariner, That IS street art. Really beautiful!

Bird lover May 19, 2017 at 5:43 AM

Not in my backyard!

Justyfiable Languor May 19, 2017 at 7:35 AM

Both are slightly disturbing, so I vote not in my backyard. In a museum it would be fun. Or as a surprise in a large wooded park.

Nutcreek Frontier May 19, 2017 at 7:53 AM

Creepy Baby head has grown on me over the years…fun to bring visitors to the statue if only for there wth reaction. Has anyone else noticed how much the statue resembles “Mini-me” from Austin Powers?

Suzanne May 19, 2017 at 8:26 AM

Both are too creepy!

Nature lover May 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Both are very strange and should be replaced. Neither one is inspiring, thought provoking, beautiful to look at, interesting, or make a statement. I prefer to see art that inspires me. We have thousands of local artists who could make a more moving and inspring piece. Too bad.

Bill Cutting May 19, 2017 at 11:14 AM

I agree nature lover. This art does not represent me. It’s not even art it some lazy creativity if that. No one questions classic art and real sculptures unless your a degenerate hipster. These two so called art pieces do not have any cultural attachment they are benign and devoid of any feeling or inspiration.

Cowboygirl May 19, 2017 at 11:41 AM

**Beastman** Walnut Creek also has decoratively painted electrical boxes. My daughter’s artwork is on the one in front of the Yacht Club.

Neither of these sculptures does anything for me-but then neither does downtown Walnut Creek.

Mini me May 19, 2017 at 12:10 PM

I saw bullman last night for the first time. Everyone just walks by and laughs.
I thought it was a real person from the rear,(driving) but the head and dog gave it away. It will probably cause a few wrecks at that intersection.

Drake May 19, 2017 at 1:13 PM

There’s a label on the “Fountain Head” (facing toward the bank) that identifies the name. Someone pointed it out to me a couple of weeks ago. I bet it’s a reference to Ayn Rand and Objectivism …

woody May 19, 2017 at 1:50 PM

I like the downing man.

What about the new “Spirit Mufflers” on Ygancio and Oak Grove.
Those are awful.

CLAYCORD.com May 19, 2017 at 1:53 PM

‘Spirit Mufflers’ – LOL.

Divided and Concord May 19, 2017 at 5:05 PM

@Kitty Kiss #3

I like your suggestion.

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