Wednesday, March 08, 2017

East Jesus

A few miles west of Niland, California, is a squatter village known as Slab City. “Built” upon the foundation slabs of old barracks left behind from an abandoned Marine base, this conglomeration of trailers and trash is home to a several dozen refugees from civilization. There is a YouTube channel devoted to it, TMI. One area of this domain, however, has been shaped into a more formal “outsider art” installation and has been named East Jesus.

Much of the art barely rises above the level of a midden:



Nevertheless, some works are elegant and whimsical:



Decorated dead vehicles are prominently featured:



While an odd art-encrusted tower overlooks the area:



A wall of dead TVs has been reincarnated as a new medium of communication:



Is this Barbie art car is celebrating sisterhood, freedom and/or nudity?





Tomorrow: Slab City Library…

By Professor Batty



10 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

Enjoying reading about your SoCal trip - Salton Sea - such a strange place! Let me know if you are in the SF Bay Area!


Blogger Professor Batty said...

This trip was two weeks ago, we're back now. Maybe SF next winter?


Blogger Mary said...

SF next winter? Sounds good!


Anonymous Shoshanah said...

Love the TVs!


Blogger oroboros said...

One of Sue Grafton's earlier alphabet series mystery thrillers features Slab City. All her stuff is excellent IMHO.


Blogger Professor Batty said...

SLM ~ 100s of channels!

Oro ~ I might check that out.


Blogger oroboros said...

"G is for gumshoe" is the novel featuring SC. Protagonist Kinsey Millhone (PI) is unique. I knew Grafton before she started the mystery series;she was writing for Hollywood then. Impressive, neat lady!


Blogger Professor Batty said...

Oro ~ I finished "G", Grafton really did her homework, her descriptions of the area around The Salton Sea are spot-on.


Blogger Shoshanah Lee Marohn said...

I read about it in that book, "Into the Wild."


Blogger Professor Batty said...

SLM~ You are reading my mind (see my post this coming Monday.)

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