The debated Surfing Madonna that grew to fame amongst the people of Encinitas for being the beautiful, mysterious piece of art that appeared under a train overpass off Pacific Coast Highway has finally found a home. Appearing a little over a year ago, the artwork – a mosaic decorated with the phrase “Save the Ocean” and Our Lady of Guadalupe surfing, was fiercely admired by locals.

Removed by the city who considered the piece of art graffiti, residents came together to find a new abode for Surfing Madonna. The artist, Mark Patterson, rallied for his piece to be displayed at the entrance to Moonlight Beach but was halted because of religious undertones. After spending some time in storage, the Surfing Madonna finally found her new home on a wall between Surfy Surfy and Café Ipé.