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We're building a Venice themed full scale bicycle propelled flying Carousel for Centennial Park.  Until the 1950's Venice was renown as "Coney Island of the Pacific," owing to its fantastic amusement rides. These included a beautiful Dentzel Carousel on the Abbot Kinney Pier. 

Lead Artist, Robin Murez, is hand carving the wooden animals and other objects the old fashioned way.  Sponsors adopt and participate in the selection, naming and design of each creature.  Each is related to the colorful stories of Venice.  These may include a Tongva Turtle, a Rocket Ship honoring Ray Bradbury, a Camel, an Ostrich... and more.  Other renown Venice artists, will bring their unique styles to paint and carve the rounding boards, medalions and other elaborate and fanciful carousel decorations.

See the VENICE FLYING CAROUSEL website for more info, pictures and to participate.

Our carousel mechanism is like that in Davis, CA, built by William Dentzel.  He is 5th generation carousel builder.  Bill's great grandfather built Venice's original carousel. 

Pedaling the carousel is a fun, engaging and a "green" alternative energy source that "even a ten year old child can do." 

With Venetian ingenuity, including 110 students from Venice High School's STEMM Magnet, the park will have additional Fantastic Bike Machines including a smoothie machine, a cell phone charger, spin art and whatever else we dream up.

Fifteen children and adults may ride the 20 foot diameter carousel and try to catch a brass ring to win a free ride.  Riders will pay just $1 (or free on special occasions) and the Carousel will be available for rent by private parties, day and night.    Licensing our iconic image will bring additional revenue.

A festive Big Top tent with secure fencing will protect the Carousel.  Solar rays will power LED lights and music. Music can be selected for each event - from live string quartets to digital or traditional Carousel Music.  An operator will oversee the Carousel's operation.

All proceeds of the Venice Flying Carousel will be benefit Venice art, engineering, storytelling, and park projects. 

The Venice Flying Carousel will share a portion of Centennial Park with the proposed Venice Heritage Foundation Museum.  Both will bring the colorful stories of Venice to life and create a wonderful public park destination for the community and visitors.

The Venice Chamber of Commerce, through its Chamber in Action program, has actively partnered with the Carousel project.  All donations to the Carousel are tax deductible through the Chamber's Not-for-Profit status.

Adopt a Carousel Animal and be a part of its design, forever! Or sponsor our Solar Sound & Light Systems, the Big Top tent, that all important Bike, and more. Click here for more info.

Contact: or call Robin Murez at 310 709-7826  and see:


  Click Here to Read the Lincoln And Rose Article

Click Here for a video by Staynger Ranger, of Atlas Obscura


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