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2011 May 3
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by JoDavid

Giant Shoe Museum

2011 May 3
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The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum

at Pike Place Market in Seattle

Steve’s Strange House

2011 February 7
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Official Bad Art Museum of Art

2011 February 7
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Website of  the Official Bad Art Museum of Art


Official Bad Art Museum of Art on King 5 Evening Magazine “Art So Bad It’s Good!”

A selection from the collection of the Official Bad Art Museum of Art

Website of  the Official Bad Art Museum of Art

Traveling Elvis Museum and Chapel of Love

2011 February 7
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Website of the Mighty Elvis Mobile
Traveling Elvis Museum and Chapel of Love

AOL News article
VW Van Transforms Into Ultimate Traveling Elvis Museum

Walker Rock Garden

2011 February 7
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Tucked into a quiet neighborhood in West Seattle is a little post-WWII bungalow on a gently sloped lot, that features what has become a Mother’s Day tradition for many families in the area, a visit to the Walker Rock Garden.

Boeing mechanic Milton Walker (with the help and encouragement of his wife, Florence) spent 20 years transforming his yard into a whimsical and magical world of stone. Countless thousands of rocks (large and small) have been cut and fitted into colorful arches, a miniature mountain range and an 18-foot tower, among other things.

The Walker Rock Garden in Seattle, located at 5407 37th Ave. S.W. in Seattle, WA 98136.
• Photos by Marlow Harris and video by Jo David •

- More info here…

The Watts Towers

2011 February 7
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We photographed The Watts Towers in Los Angeles in April 2006. Simon Rodia (1875-1965) was an Italian immigrant itinerant worker who spent 33 years of his life creating this inspired visionary masterpiece.

The structures are fashioned from metal bars, pipes and rods, bound together by wire and encased in concrete, and the surface decorated with a mosaic of broken crockery, glass and shells. Relief elements and impressions of tools pressed into the wet cement adorn and embellish the surface. Once threatened by Los Angeles city authorities who sought to demolish them, they are now listed as a National Monument, and administered by the city, which has carried out a million-dollar restoration program on The Watts Towers.

All art by Simon Rodia.

• Photos by Marlow Harris and Jo David •

The Robot Hut

2011 February 7
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Our visit to the Robot Hut, located at a top secret location in the middle of nowhere Eastern Washington.

• Photos by Marlow Harris and Jo David •

RICHART – Folk Art Environment

2011 February 7
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This folk art environment is located in Centralia Washington where Richard Tracy who prefers to be called RichArt has worked on creating his special visionary world for the last 23 years.

• Photos by Marlow Harris and Jo David •

House of Mystery – The Oregon Vortex

2011 February 7
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Martin Sanchez Bottle Chapel and Visionary Garden

2011 February 7
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Here is a wonderful folk art installation we visited and photographed in April 2007. Restaurant-owner and folk artist Martin Sanchez has created an urban oasis, a garden of Eden, hidden behind shrubs, trees and a wrought-iron fence inside Martin’s Tio’s Tacos restaurant on Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside, California. We met with artist Martin Sanchez and his daughter Stephanie for a very memorable tour.

Read more about it here on our UnusualLife.com website.
unusuallife.com/riverside-folk-art-installation/

All artworks by Martin Sanchez.

• Photos by Marlow Harris and Jo David •

Dick and Jane’s Place

2011 February 7
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Dick and Jane’s Place in Ellensburg, WA

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Peterson Rock Garden in Oregon

2011 February 7
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Salvation Mountain

2011 February 7
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Salvation Mountain is a folk art oasis created by Leonard Knight in the desert by the Salton Sea in Niland CA, about an hour and a half drive south from Palm Springs.

Leonard created the mountain out of bales of hay and desert clay mixed with water, then he painted them with donated paint, to celebrate his message of “God is Love” and share it with the world.

Salvation Mountain Has been Leonard’s Labor of Love for 23 years now, and he still works very hard on this monument every day.

As his website attests:

"Leonard’s passion has lovingly created this brilliant “outsider art ” masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner’s Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world."

Leonard is certainly one of the sweetest gentle men one could ever meet. He was very happy to greet us, and give us an extended tour of his domain, even though the sun was very hot, temp in the 90’s, and the wind whipped through the desert that day.

These photos were taken on a visit we made to meet Leonard in April, 2007.

We left with handfuls of postcards, DVDs, and beautiful puzzles of Salvation Mountain that he insisted we take as gifts. We left inspired, uplifted, enchanted, our hearts full of peace and love.

The official website for Salvation Mountain

• Photos by Marlow Harris and Jo David •

Test video presentation

2011 February 6
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God’s Favorite Beefcake playing at our Official Bad Art Museum of Art