Going SoCal by way of the Cathedral of Junk

Cathedral Abstract No 2, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Welcome to my Sunday round-up.

For starters, I guess I should tell you that I’m in talks to be represented by a gallery in downtown Los Angeles. No full details yet (at least not until I sign the contracts, dot the i’s, cross the t’s, and all of that.) Watch this space for details of my upcoming gallery show in LA.

Next up, in (perhaps) more interesting news, I spent part of the day yesterday (Saturday) at the Cathedral of Junk. What’s a “Cathedral of Junk?” you might ask. And, in true Carol fashion, I’d be happy to tell you. (Or, you know, at least try to explain, should you happen to be interested.)

The Cathedral of Junk is this, sort of, object de art, built in some guy’s home, in South Austin. While this still might not sound all that impressive, here are some additional facts about the Cathedral of Junk:

  • It’s estimated to contain over 60 tons of junk.
  • He started building it in 1988 and has been contributing to it pretty steadily ever since.
  • It was built by one man.
  • It’s several stories high and features a throne, ladders, built-in steps, several old TV’s, and lots of stuff that’s just plain unidentifiable. (I saw a red Stig there. A red Stig, several dead telephones, an eye chart, a gun, a shopping cart, several used car fenders, some skis, and a fake “shrunken head” from Polynesia…Does this sound like my kind of a place, or what?)

So, to answer the basics of, “what exactly is the Cathedral of Junk?” I’d probably have to start with, “yes. It’s all of that and more.” There you have it.

Watch this space for more Cathedral of Junk photos in the coming days, and be on the lookout for more detailed news of my next gallery show in California.

Until next junk…



  1. mythopolis
    March 23, 2009 / 11:04 am

    Excellent! re L.A. gallery op!! And yes, lets see more of the cathedral! : )

  2. Carol
    March 24, 2009 / 3:52 pm

    The Cathedral is such an interesting place. I’ll be processing the photos for a while, since I could not get to them all.

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