Local History
'Working to preserve the rich heritage of the Temecula Valley'
Bibleland in Temecula
   Ted Conibear, artist, who makes the life sized statues of Biblical characters out of tons and tons of sand and water, has once more fashioned a great piece of art-a life-sized statue of Christ as he was nailed to the cross.

    This statue is not in Bible Land proper though, it is located on the hillside above Highway 395, on the opposite side of the highway from Bible Land.

    Ted will eventually make two Roman soldiers in the act of nailing Christ to the cross to complete the picture. Then by the drinking fountain of this second location he intends to make Jesus and the Woman of Samaria.

    Bible Land itself sets off of Highway 395, down a narrow winding road that leads to what well must have been similar to the Garden of Eden, for it is a valley of trees, small tame animals and in the center housed under lean-to type structures one can behold the statue of Jesus in Gethsemane, the Last Supper and many more fabulously sculptured works of Ted Conibear.

    Mr. and Mrs. Conibear moved to Temecula in 1957 due to what at that time was for health reasons, but he has since regained his health. Mrs. Conibear is a landscape artist in oils, and opens a gift shop on weekends at Bible Land. There is no charge to see this man's great work, but beside the guest register is a small container for donations, which is the sole support of this magnificent scene.

    Tables for picnickers are set in among the trees. Take a Sunday drive, watch for the signs and turn into Bible Land.

La Laguna Review
Volume V. Number 7 - May 1966