the largest art installation in Slab City, East Jesus, an artist colony, begs
to be discovered.It’s a little off the
beaten path but well worth the visit.The ever-changing group that works here are completely self-contained,
relying on the sun to power their existence.The late Charles Russell created East Jesus in 2006 and described his
vision in this way. Wedged between the Chocolate Mountain Gunnery Range and the Salton Sea
in southern California's exotic Imperial Valley, East Jesus is an experimental,
comprehensive habitat and artwork comprising vernacular architecture,
technophilia, common-sense environmentalism, desert survival and
sculpture/assemblage using predominantly recycled, re-purposed or discarded
materials, sublimating the unwanted and ugly into the purposefully beautiful.
The main structure is built around a 27' fiberglass shipping container,
extended by walls composed of junk (lockers, computers, refrigerators,
microwave ovens, bookshelves, tool chests, shipping crates, TVs and other
electronics) and recycled, re-used lumber and steel.
It's 40 pages and has lots of pictures from Slab City's past (as a military base) and pictures of the way it looks now. Here's an excerpt.
the moment you pass the first guard shack on your way into Slab City, it’s
pretty clear that you’ve left conventionality behind. Ahead of you lies a place
where rules are few and individuality reigns supreme.No plumbing, no electricity, and no running water and yet
hundreds of people call Slab City home for part of each year.
the primitive conditions, Slab City offers visitors and residents alike, many
amenities without the ever-present oversight of local government.Enclosed within its borders, Slab City has a
church, a library, a restaurant, art exhibits, a music venue, internet café,
radio station, mechanical repair, pet graveyard, golf course, and barbershop.
It's listed on eBay and will soon be available on Amazon in both a paperback format as well as an ebook download. Here's my website address: www.slabcitybook.com.
Thanks to everyone that helped me on this project.
This is my seventh year posting to this blog! Can you believe it? I want to thank each of you for taking a moment out of your day to read my posts. I've had more than 13,500 page views by readers in 37 countries around the world. It's fun to think of folks living in places so different than mine, checking out my blog.
Take the time to explore the world around you. You don't need to go far, just let the "travel spirit" move you. See you on the road less traveled.
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