Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cathedral of Junk

In an effort to comply with the “Keep Austin Weird” motto, we visited the Cathedral of Junk there – appropriately enough, on Easter Sunday. It rises, almost imperceptively from the street, from Vince Hanneman’s quiet backyard in a suburban neighborhood. Plants are creatively integrated.

Vince has been collecting stuff since the 1980s and has faced city ordinance violations and irate neighbors, but has managed to expand and maintain this crazy 80-ton structure, including it’s stained glass windows,

color themes,

inexplicable juxtapositions,

child-friendly climbability (hellooooo up there!)

and wabi-sabi strangeness.

The cathedral is open during daylight hours most days.

Come worship at the holy throne.

And leave your mark on the holy surfboard.

Apologies to my blogging friends that I haven't visited in biggest work deadline of the year is looming! See you in June, if not before.


Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Its amazing to see how well the plants blend into everything.

Joanne said...

Well, at least he tries to keep an aesthetic look to it all, or make something artful out of the junk.

jocelyn jane said...

Wow - this is very cool - reminds me of La Plaza Cultural at 9th Street NYC (a wacky garden/display o junk/art near one of my fave coffee places, 9th Street Espresso...)

I have always wanted to visit Austin - have several friends there,,,maybe I'll make it someday! Thanks for sharing in the meantime :)

Roberta Palm said...

actually like it--roberta

Pam J. said...

I don't just like it, I love it! And if I have another life after this one I want to live it as the person who curates/builds this Cathedral.

Pink Julep Abroad said...

That is so cool! Love it! Reminds me of Salvation Mountain!

TALON said...

Oh my! I love how nature is wrapping her arms around and holding the "treasures" close.
What a cool place! Awesome shots, JGH!

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