Meet the Artist of Moo Donna


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Travelers are fascinated by the metal sculptures that signify Yreka’s boundaries on I-5. The cow and calf pair, south of Yreka (Moo Donna and Moona Lisa) were created by Yreka artist, Ralph Starritt. The dragon, Penelope, at the northern edge of Yreka, was also created by Ralph.

Starritt developed his signature style after studying at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco and mechanics at the Oregon Institute of Technology. The use of many metals is still signature in Ralph’s designs today.

Starritt Studio, located in Yreka, has provided incredible sculptures to the Yreka community, and beyond. In Yreka, Starritt is also known for the Miner at the Central Yreka Exit and the beloved Fireman and the Dog at the Yreka Firehouse on Miner Street. Starritt also created the Horse and Rider in Montague, CA and the Pack Train Horses and Rider in Etna, CA.

Visit Starritt Studio in Yreka
1777 S. Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 905-2521