THE STORY: The bronze sculpture entitled “American Graffiti“ was created by Betty Saletta
to honor Modesto’s most famous son, film director/producer George Lucas. Lucas had based his hit film American Graffiti on
his experiences as a teenager in Modesto. The sculpture was dedicated July 11, 1997 to the cruising culture idolized in the
film. The sculpture features two teenagers from the early 1960s leaning against the fender of a 1957 Chevy. The cruising loop was located
at 9th and 10th Streets. The sculpture sits in George Lucas Plaza at five points (the intersection of Downey, 17th Street,
McHenry Avenue, J Street and Needham Avenue).