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Bufano’s Obelisk

Approaching Timber Cove Inn from famed Sonoma Coast Highway 1, catch site of Beniamino “Bene” Bufano’s Peace obelisk, a towering, 93-foot homage to peace, the Sixties, and contemporary art.

Beniamino Bufano lived all over the world—his native Italy, France, Japan—before settling in San Francisco where he resided rent-free thanks to a local shopkeeper. Inspired by what he saw as symbols of peace—the Madonna, children, hands—Bufano lived for art and the pursuit of creation. Embracing somewhat of a monastic life, he rarely kept money and saw no value in material life, often donating more art than he sold.

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