Four bronze card players pay tribute to “the boys”—the amiable layabouts of the novel, who among other misadventures decide to earn money by catching frogs. The figures are actually modeled after the quartet of entrepreneurs instrumental in reimagining today’s to Cannery Row as a shopping and dining destination long after the sardine fishery collapsed and the canneries closed: Ted Balestreri, George Zarounian, Harry Davidian, and Bert Cutino. In another nod to the boys, 13 bronze frogs are hidden around the monument.
At the monument’s peak, surveying all, is Steinbeck. Artist Steven Whyte, who sculpted the original statues out of clay in his Carmel studio and had them cast in Berkeley, says of the Steinbeck figure, "He's watching the thousands of Cannery Row visitors who now walk past every day."