For this week’s Friday Five, I’m sharing my own personal Best of Bombay Beach Biennale Leftovers. What do I mean by leftovers? Well, once again we missed the Bombay Beach Biennale. And, we stayed just down the road at FOY longer than we ever had. Six months this year! However, we never once made it to Bombay Beach. And we were away at the time of the big shindig. So, we had to go. As a result, the only things remaining on the shore of the Salton Sea were leftovers from the 2023 Biennale art installations.
The Bombay Beach Biennale describes itself as a “renegade celebration of art, music, and philosophy that takes place on the edge of civilization.” It is designed as a “tool to amplify the largely unknown and ignored ecological crisis that is the Salton Sea.”
Logic does not prevail here, but safety does.— BBB 2023
One man’s art is another man’s mess. If you wonder who said that, I just did. I’ve always been a big fan of the latter. Call it upcycled art installations, or whatever you like. We’ve seen plenty of it in our travels. From the Cathedral of Junk to the Genoa Tower. Then, of course there is the East Jesus art garden. And most recently, Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture.
My Personal Best of Bombay Beach?
Scoff if you must. Or turn your head in disgust. I don’t always get it. But I dig it.
I also appreciate eclectic design and bold graphic commentary. That’s why my personal Best of Bombay Beach Biennale art includes the Metro station dug into the Salton Seashore. Specifically, I enjoyed all the posters inside.
To be honest, I don’t know if these are Biennale leftovers. Or, if the sculptures and other art remain from this year or past Biennale celebrations.
The less sense it makes, the more sense it makes— BBB 2023
Regardless, I knew I couldn’t get away with sharing only five photos this Friday. And, it only scrapes the surface off the crust of many more pics we just added to our Funky Art Scenes gallery. Oh, and if you wonder who Leonard is, take a pilgrimage to Salvation Mountain. That is yet another amazing pile of rubbish made beautiful by one man’s vision.