Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Slab City

If I ever make it out to Southern California in a car again, it sounds like Slab City is a place to visit to see crazy folk art. A decommissioned Marine base in the middle of a desert 150 miles from San Diego, it's basically a squatters' RV camp with no water, electricity, or other services. People practice living off the grid with solar panels or generators, and some of them alter the environment in creative ways.

Salvation Mountain is the first thing you see when you arrive. (Photo by Brian. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.) You can walk around inside it; there are lots of photos available showing the colorful interior.

Slab City Welcome by tuchodi. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

The sculpture that really got my attention and made me want to post about Slab City was this one, called The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized:

It was created by Flip Cassiday (pictured in this photo from the New York Times).

Some other shots of the painted televisions that make up the piece:

The last photo is from a blog called The Sophomore Slump, which includes lots of other shots of Slab City.

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