24 Sep '12, 9am

Austin's Cathedral of Junk Rises from the Ruins (Video)

Austin's Cathedral of Junk Rises from the Ruins (Video)

'Twas a sad, sad day in Texas when in 2010, Austin city administrators demanded the dismantling of Vince Hannemenn's ode to detritus, the Cathedral of Junk, as Lloyd wrote about at the time . Known as the Junk King , the eight letters of which are permanently inked across his knuckles à la 'love' and 'hate,' Hannemenn spent more than two decades collecting other's unloved and unwanted dross and debris to shape the construction. Saved from the dump, the cast-offs found new life, both minimizing landfill mass and negating the need for new construction materials. The result, an ever-growing jumble of walls, halls, and spires fastened together into some kind of exquisite hoarder's heavenly 3-D horror vacui . Within the tangled towers are stories, memories, and juxtapositions of junk that are beautiful and completely nostalgia arousing. Like many of the other beloved folk-artis...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/austins-cathedral-junk-...

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