February 12th, 2006 - Open Knowledge
Feb. 12th, 2006
02:17 am - Cathedral of Junk
Cathedral of Junk
The Cathedral of Junk stands quietly in the backyard of a small house on a suburban street on the south side of Austin. Unlike other busybody constructions that we've visited over the years -- the Forevertron, the Garden of Eden, the Orange Show -- this one blends with its neighborhood. From the street, it's invisible.
The man who built it, Vince Hannemann, is similarly unassuming. He didn't build the Cathedral to get attention. Although he's been dubbed a "yardist" by the local art community, he's a very down-to-earth guy who harbors no illusions about the significance of his creation. "I just did it because it was kinda cool," he tells us. "It's my clubhouse. It's fun. Kids, when they come through, they know what it is."
Vince began building the Cathedral in 1988, when he was in his mid-twenties. He's added to it steadily ever since, and he estimates that it now contains over 60 tons of junk. "People ask me all the time, 'What made you want to do this?' Like it had some sort of profound meaning. I just did it because I liked it. And when I stop liking it I'll take it down."
Wrapped in years of subtropical Texas vegetation, the Cathedral is a hollow framework of improvised trusses, around and within which Vince has wired and packed all manner of mass-production cast-offs: lawnmower wheels, car bumpers, kitchen utensils, ladders, cables, bottles, circuit boards, bicycle parts, brick-a-brack, and a lot of stuff that is frankly unidentifiable.
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04:51 am - Paul Wakfer's smoothie recipe
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