Julia C. Burr, a sculptor and the owner of Burr Designs, was chosen to give life to the three elves that Michael Jackson wanted installed to complete the decoration of the front of the main train station.
The statues were carved, painted and dressed them in leather clothing. Optical fibers were then added to illuminate the figures at night.
The animatronic elves's subtle movements were cotrolled by motors hidden in the artificial rock beneath the figures.
Despite their delicacy, they were designed to withstand the weather conditions of the Santa Ynez Valley as well as the frequent sprinkler irrigation in front of the station.
Thank you Rachel, for letting me use your pictures!