Cathedral of Junk or Pile O’ Crap?

Cathedral of Junk DetailPerhaps you can help us settle a little debate here in the LiveWorkDreamer.

After traveling for nine months across the entire United States, René believes the most amazing thing we have seen was the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas.

I on the other hand, tend to agree with our friends Randy and Sonja – who René dragged to see this obscurity, in the rain, after they flew all the way from San Francisco to visit us – that it isn’t much more than a big pile of crap!

Granted, there is a certain “art” to seeing art in discarded or recycled items. But to spend over twenty years wiring pieces of refuse together in your backyard, and inviting perfect strangers to crawl over, through and around it? Come on … that borders insanity. But then, I suppose some of the greatest artists of our time were at least a little insane.

Cthedral of Junk Photographer Self PortraitPersonally, I think our Okefenokee adventure was a bit more amazing. OK, much more amazing. The Badlands, Wall Drug, West Point, the Mississippi headwaters, Niagara Falls, Mt. Rushmore, Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah … all of these things were amazing. The Cathedral of Junk? That ranks somewhere around nifty in my book.

Yes, the Cathedral du Junque was cool. But I wouldn’t exactly call it most amazing. Would you?

Many thanks to Ms. Davenport for her wonderful photography. At least the photos make it seem like art.

15 Responses to “Cathedral of Junk or Pile O’ Crap?”

  1. I have to say that junk is awesome. I have just put this on Kelly and I’s “To Do List”

  2. I agree with Randy and that is all I have to say about that…

  3. I’m going to be sick…

  4. It reminds one of the Watts Towers, but with modern American discards. It’s good to see that the trade deficit with China has given birth to such a bizarre and fine work.

  5. I agree with Rene.

    We went to Houston and wanted to see the Beer Can house. (

    But it was closed. I would love to visit the Cathedral of Junk or Pile O’ Crap sometime myself too!

  6. Oh come on guys, it was so cool! This man is a visionary. I wish I had the same kind of creativity, to be able to envision a piece of art out of a bunch of things that were just going to end up in the landfill. This was beyond the typical “junk art,” in that it was functional. You could literally walk up into the towers, sit, contemplate, have a cocktail, whatever. There’s so much to look at, it can occupy you for hours!

  7. To think of all the money I could have made, had I just charged admission to our old apartment, which looked exactly like that.. wished I’d thought of it then.


  8. Lisa in Orlando February 27, 2008 at 12:40 am Reply

    Wow. Well, I have to agree, it is quite an amazing…thing. Amazingly horrendous. That anyone, in their right mind or not, would want to look at this monstrosity in their backyard, or anywhere else, is what I find amazing. I couldn’t even look at all the pictures. Thanks for pointing out a place that I will NEVER need to see!

  9. Runny is right “Cathedral of Junk or Pile O’ Crap” is by far and away the greatest thing you have seen in your whole life and the Spoon of the “e” and the “g” says so! So step off Jimmy!

  10. beauty like art mon fre is in the eye of the beholder !


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