Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Cathedral of Junk.

OH. MAH. GAWD, Y'ALL! This is the coolest place in the history of the world times infinity plus a zillion. I'm going to take everyone I know here. You just have to go. Promise me you will go. Call in sick tomorrow and go. If you've already been, then you can just wax poetic with me and if you haven't, then you can get in the car right now and go. It's that cool. Not only is it cool, it is gorgeous. It really is. It's just so... majestic and otherworldly and peaceful and mind-boggling. FinnigantheCurious (who talks as much as I do) and I were both speechless (for a few seconds, anyway). I can't go on enough about it so, I'll just give you a pictorial and then the links to read more about it will be at the bottom.

You know you're off to a good start with this lovely, wild and native yard. The multi-colored house is a good clue that something magical is about to happen too.

Right off the bat you get greeted with this lovely donation area and a little "display shed." I don't know what to call the shed, really. It's all just so wild.

The Prologue.

Is that a bottle tree or is that a bottle tree? Magnificent!

Here's the ubiquitous shot that everyone takes. It does really help give you a feeling of how cathedral-like this place really is. I felt very, very reverent.

One of my favorite things about it were the stairs. Vince has a wonderful way with concrete and construction (it's really, really solid and really, really big). Every step (and there are lots) is filled with tons of glorious trinkets and doodads. Finn and I went through the whole cathedral and then went back and looked at every step. You just can't take it all in with the first walk-through.

I must have this sleeping space. I grew up in an A-frame house and this made me feel soooo homesick for my childhood home. I've been thinking about a napping space for our outdoor shower/tub area; this might be it.

Colored bottles everywhere! Rusty mattress springs look absolutely ethereal here. Really.


And THIS! This is a glass table top resting very solidly on some trimmed bushes (trees?). We just marveled at this.
I read a lot about this place over the years, but nothing does it justice. You just have to see it for yourself. It's the most amazing conglomeration of steel and nature. There is junk, but there are also rabbits and chickens and a pond and bougainvillea and morning glories and bamboo and mulch and, and, and....

For more information you can visit his Facebook page HERE:

or you can read the great article from Roadside America HERE.

I can't wait to go back. You wanna go with me?


  1. Yes!! The cathedral of junk is what I would have wanted to build had I not married my engineer husband.

  2. The above comment could have been written by me because I, too, married an engineer and........
    It looks wonderful!!! I hope I can see it one day.

  3. I'm glad I don't live next door to him. I live next to Anderson and Top Gunn tools, and that's busy enough. ;) I'm sure it's neat though.

  4. My dream garden. I love it. I want it.
    Mz. M. Hands

  5. FOUR of us (that I know of) on here are married to engineers!! Hmmm...arsy women marry engineers. I feel a thesis paper coming on. Or not.

  6. Gee, I'd never heard of the Cathedral of Junk until you posted this, and it's not that far from me. I like it when people aren't afraid to walk to the beat of a different drummer. I may have to go see it some Saturday. Laura

  7. Next time we're in town, you're on! The girls would love this, not to mention their parents! xoxoD

  8. Is it as wonderful in its own way as the Christmas lights on 37th Street?
    That display just amazes me and I can still see all those marvelous lights and decorations.

  9. Laura - I'll meet you there!

    Danielle - oh yea, we're SO going.

    Merrymerry - BETTER. MUCH better, if you can believe it. Well, I should say different better. I do love Christmas lights. I sure wish y'all could make it this year to see both@

  10. The Cathedral of Junk has been on our one-of-these-days list for awhile... our son went to a wedding that was held there and it looked as amazing in those night photos as it does in your pictures - guess we'd better quit talking and go down!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose
    (also married to an engineer)

  11. The house next door to the Cathedral of Junk is for sale...

    Cathy in Crestview


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