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Three massive, friendly bronze dolphins greet thousands of visitors each day at the end of Stearns Wharf. The Dolphin Family, or Bicentennial Friendship Fountain, has been a fixture of downtown since 1985. Sculptor James "Bud" Bottoms (1928-2018) won a city-wide contest to design a commissioned statue from the city of Santa Barbara. The Dolphin Family is at the heart of Santa Barbara's famed waterfront, so it is easy to think of merely as a tourist centerpiece. However, the Dolphin Family is the legacy of larger questions about Santa Barbara's past, especially with regards to colonialism and the resiliency of the indigenous Chumash communities. Sculptor: JAMES "BUD" BOTTOMS

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Bolton, Tom. Bud Bottoms, Renowned Santa Barbara Sculptor and Environmentalist, Dies at 90, Noozhawk. September 24th 2018. Accessed April 15th 2021.

Fessier Jr. , Michael. THE FOUNTAIN : In Santa Barbara by the Sea, Even Symbolic Dolphins Can Cause a Lot of Trouble , Los Angeles Times . March 16th 1986. Accessed April 16th 2021.

Remembering Bud Bottoms: A Legacy of Art and Activism , April 4th 2020. Accessed April 15th 2021.